There is a growing interest within law schools in the intersections between law and different areas of social theory. The second edition of this popular text introduces a wide range of traditions in sociology and the humanities that offer provocative, contextual views on law and legal institutions.
The book is organised into six sections, each with an introduction by the editors, on classical sociology of law, systems theory, critical approaches, law in action, postmodernism, and law in global society. Each chapter is written by a specialist who reviews the literature, and discusses how the approach can be used in researching different topics. New chapters include authoritative reviews of actor network theory, new legal realism, critical race theory, post-colonial theories of law, and the sociology of the legal profession. Over half the chapters are new, and the rest are revised in order to include discussion of recent literature.
Reza Banakar is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at the Department for Advanced Legal Studies, School of Law, University of Westminster and the Director of Research at the Centre for Legal Sociology at Lund University. Max Travers is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania.
Introduction Reza Banakar and Max Travers Section 1: Classical Sociology of Law Introduction by Reza Banakar and Max Travers 1 The Problematisation of Law in Classical Social Theory Alan Hunt 2 Sociological Jurisprudence A Javier Trevino Section 2: Systems Theory Introduction by Reza Banakar and Max Travers 3 The Radical Sociology of Niklas Luhmann Michael King 4 The Legal Theory of Jurgen Habermas: Between the Philosophy and the Sociology of Law Mathieu Defl em Section 3: Critical Approaches Introduction by Reza Banakar and Max Travers 5 Marxism and the Social Theory of Law Robert Fine 6 Pierre Bourdieu's Sociology of Law: From the Genesis of the State to the Globalisation of Law Mikael Rask Madsen and Yves Dezalay 7 Feminist Legal Theory Harriet Samuels 8 Critical Race Theory Angela P Harris Section 4: Law in Action Introduction by Reza Banakar and Max Travers 9 Interpretive Sociologists and Law Max Travers 10 Bruno Latour's Legal Anthropology Frederic Audren and Cedric Moreau de Bellaing 11 New Legal Realism and the Empirical Turn in Law Stewart Macaulay and Elizabeth Mertz Section 5: Postmodernism Introduction by Reza Banakar and Max Travers 12 Foucault and Law Gary Wickham 13 Law and Postmodernism Shaun McVeigh 14 Postcolonial Theories of Law Eve Darian-Smith Section 6: Law in a Global Society Introduction by Reza Banakar and Max Travers 15 Reviewing Legal Pluralism Anne Griffiths 16 Globalisation and Law: Law Beyond the State Ralf Michaels 17 Law and Regulation in Late Modernity Reza Banakar 18 Studies of the Legal Profession Ole Hammerslev 19 Comparative Sociology of Law David Nelken