Laws Community: Legal Theory in Sociological Perspective

Paperback | January 1, 1997

byRoger Cotterrell

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Law's Community offers a distinctive analysis of law, identifying political and moral problems that are fundamental to contemporary legal theory. It portrays contemporary law as institutionalized doctrine, emphasizing ways in which legal modes of thought influence wider currents ofunderstanding and belief in contemporary Western societies. Exploring relationships between law and sociology as contrasting and competing fields of knowledge, Law's Community develops ideas from social theory to identify key problems for legal development; in particular, those of restoring moralauthority to law and of elaborating a concept of community that can guide legal regulation. The analysis leads to radical conclusions: among them, that law's functions need reconsideration at the most general level, that a unitary state legal system as portrayed in traditional kinds of legal theorymay no longer be adequate in complex contemporary societies, and that law should be reconceptualized as a diverse but co-ordinated plurality of systems, sites, and forms of regulation.

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Law's Community offers a distinctive analysis of law, identifying political and moral problems that are fundamental to contemporary legal theory. It portrays contemporary law as institutionalized doctrine, emphasizing ways in which legal modes of thought influence wider currents ofunderstanding and belief in contemporary Western societ...

Roger Cotterrell is at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:398 pages, 8.43 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart 1: Law and Sociology1. Introduction - Analysing Law's Power2. The Sociological Concept of Law3. Law and Sociology: The Constitution and Confrontations of Disciplines4. Sociology of Law in Britain: A Case Study5. Sociological Perspectives on Legal ClosurePart 2: Law in Social Theory6. Law, Ideology, and Power: The Marxist Tradition7. Legaliy and Legitimacy: The Sociology of Max Weber8. Social Foundations of the Rule of Law: Franz Neumann and Otto Kirchheimer9. Law, Morality, and Solidarity: The Durkheimian Tradition10. Critique and Law: The Legacy of the Frankfurt SchoolPart 3: Law, Power, and Community11. Law's Images of Society12. Feasible Regulation for Democracy and Social Justice13. Legal Theory and the Image of Legality14. Socio-Legal Studies: Between Policy and Community15. Conclusion - Imagining Law's CommunityBibliography and Index

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