Foundations of the Sociology of Law provides a conceptual framework for thinking about the full range of topics within the sociology of law discipline.
The book: contrasts normative and sociological perspectives on law; presents a primer on the logic of research and inference as applied to law related issues; examines theories of legal change; and discusses law in action with specific reference to civil rights legislation.
He is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches and does research on law, crime and punishment, and organizations. His research tends to be concerned with change over time in legal systems, organizational structures and practices, and institutional fields.
An Introduction to the Sociology of Law PART ONE: LEGAL CHANGE Evolutionary Theories of Legal Change Maine and Durkheim Law, Class Conflict and the Economy Marxian Theory Law and the State Max Weber's Sociology of Law The Problem of Law in the Activist State PART TWO: LEGAL ACTION Voting Rights and School Desegregation Equal Employment Opportunity PART THREE: THE LEGAL PROFESSION Law as a Profession The Transformation of Legal Practice in the Late 20th Century