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Law and Social Change

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This is a timely new edition of Sharyn L Roach Anleu's invaluable introduction to the sociology of law and its role as a social institution and social process. Discussing current theory and key empirical research from a diverse range of perspectives Law and Social Change gives relevant examples, from various cultures and societies, to provide a sociological view which goes beyond more jurisprudential approaches to law and society. The key features of the book include: provides coverage of major classic and contemporary social theories of law; is informed by empirical research drawn from several countries/societies; and includes up to date and relevant examples. This thoroughly updated edition engages with modern scholarship, and recent research, on globalization whilst also looking at related issues such as the internationalization of law and human rights. It explores recent reforms at local and national levels, including issues of migration and refugees, the regulation of 'anti-social' behaviour, and specialist or problem solving courts and also provides a clear, accessible introduction to research methods used in the socio-legal field. Direct and wide-ranging, this text will be essential reading for students and researchers on social science and law courses and in particular, those taking sociology, legal theory, criminology and criminal justice studies.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: the meaning of lawLaw in Classical Social TheoryContemporary Social Theory and LawThe Legal ProfessionDispute ResolutionSocial ControlFeminism and Legal ReformRights and CitizenshipConclusion

About the Author

Sharyn L. Roach Anleu is Associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Flinders University, Australia


This second edition of an influential and insightful book maintains its originality... it is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of recent debates, including globalization, surveillance, the war on terror and the ways in which the law increasingly pervades into every aspect of civil and social life in advanced societies. This edition should easily comprise a core text for a range of academics and students either as an introduction to the pervasiveness of the law for those with a social science background, as an introduction to the social elements of the legal arena for those with a legal background or as a useful eclectic text for those looking for key insights into wide ranging criminological, sociological and legal debates. The charm of the text is its accessibility which is not detrimental to its academic importance, making a scholarly contribution to the socio legal fieldDiane ListerFaculty of Social Sciences, University of Tromso, Norway Undoubtedly succeeds as a text... Its value rests on its ability to integrate an accessible style with numerous examples from varied jurisdictions which students from both the legal and sociological disciplines will benefit enormously. Accordingly, this book comes highly recommendedInternational Journal of the Sociology of LawPraise for the First Edition

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