In this new collection of essays, Paul van Seters brings together an international group of scholars from diverse academic backgrounds to reflect upon the remarkable rise of communitarianism in contemporary studies of law and society. These essays critically assess the communitarian perspective in order to gain a more systematic insight into its distinctive constraints and the special opportunities it provides.
Paul van Seters was professor of legal sociology at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. Currently, he is director of Globus, and professor of globalization and sustainable development in Tias Business School at Tilburg University. He is the coeditor of Globalization and Its New Divides, with Bas de Gaay Fortman and Arie de Ruiter.
Part 1 Preface: Law and Communitarianism: Constraints and Opportunities Part 2 Introduction: Communitarianism in Law and Society Part 3 Law and Community in Socio-Legal Studies Chapter 4 The Jurisprudence of Communitarian Liberalism Chapter 5 Living Law Revisited: Communitarianism and Sociology of Law Chapter 6 Law and Society in Japan Part 7 Communitarianism in the European Arena Chapter 8 The European Union as Community: An Argument about the Public Sphere in International Society and Politics Chapter 9 Deepening Social Europe through Legal Pluralism Chapter 10 A Liberal Critique of Communitarian Economics Part 11 The Social Values of Law Chapter 12 Protection or Prohibition of Aggressive Speech? Arguments from the Liberal and Communitarian Perspectives Chapter 13 The Tension between the Law of Justice and the Law of Love Chapter 14 The Appeal to Common Tradition: Its Progressive Potential Part 15 Conclusion: Towards a 'Communitarian' Concept of Law: The Case of the Questionable European Constitution