The Social Organization of Law
By: M.P. Baumgartner
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This new edition of "The Social Organization of Law" uses the five-part organization of the first edition - social stratification, social morphology, culture, organization, and other social control - in presenting...Read more
This new edition of "The Social Organization of Law" uses the five-part organization of the first edition - social stratification, social morphology, culture, organization, and other social control - in presenting a brand new set of readings. These readings represent the great variety of work done in the sociology of law, a field dedicated to the study of the influence of social factors on legal behavior pioneered by Donald Black. Some of the readings look at the operation of the justice systems, others at various stages of the legal process. Only two had appeared in print when the first edition of "The Sociology of Law" was published, and neither was included in it. This second edition, published 25 years after the first, thus testifies to the recently created wealth of ideas while introducing a new generation to the concepts that have already proved so fruitful. It presents all new essays while retaining the organizational structure of the first edition. It illustrates new advances in jurisprudential, moral, and practical applications of legal sociology; covers the contemporary U.S. as well as other countries and historical periods; and, embraces a wide variety of research methods and strategies.
Baumgartner provides a uniquely valuable collection of the best research in legal sociology. No previous volume so beautifully introduces and illustrates the power of general theory to predict and...Read more
Baumgartner provides a uniquely valuable collection of the best research in legal sociology. No previous volume so beautifully introduces and illustrates the power of general theory to predict and explain the actual behavior of law." --DONALD BLACK, University of Virginia "Mary Baumgartner's volume is a wonderfully catalytic collection of contributions that illustrates the dynamic growth and organizational stimulus that Donald Black's theory of law has brought to the field of legal sociology." --JOHN HAGAN, University of Toronto "In the Second Edition of The Social Organization of Law, M.P. Baumgartner assembles a set of first-rate empirical studies to illuminate how social factors affect legal behavior. The introduction alone is worth the price of the volume. The Social Organization of Law will undoubtedly join its predecessor as a benchmark of knowledge in the sociology of law." --CALVIN MORRILL, Department of Sociology, University of Arizona "Few social theorists, American or European, contemporary or classical, have developed as methodically as has Donald Black a single line of inquiry. Fewer still, Durkheim included, have applied a structural theory as broadly, from law to moral and aesthetic judgment. Baumgartner's eminently readable collection demonstrates what Black's approach can accomplish, offering us predictions or explanations covering appeals court rulings, controls on rap music, regulatory discretion, personal injury outcomes, law in Colonial America and contemporary China, and the persecution of early Christians." --DAVID SCIULLI, Department of Sociology, Texas A & M University "A thoughtfully revised collection, elaborating, specifying and clarifying the behavioral theory of law, Baumgartner's Social Organization of Law should be fundamental reading in socio-legal studies." --PETER K. MANNING, Michigan State University
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