The Oldest Social Science?: Configurations of Law and Modernity

Hardcover | April 1, 1997

byTimothy Murphy

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This book looks critically at some of the underlying assumptions which shape our current understanding of the role and purpose of law and society. It focuses on adjudication as a social practice and as a set of governmental techniques. From this vantage point, it explores how the relationshipbetween law, government and society has changed in the course of history in significant ways. At the centre of the argument is the elaboration of the notion of `adjudicative government'. From this perspective it is argued that the relationship between law and society must be conceived in a differentway in the era of economics, sociology and statistics. The impact of these disciplines both constitutes `modernity' and unfolds a different role for law. The author argues that the traditional vision of the role of law, rooted in a complex set of hierarchical assumptions, is no longeradequate.

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This book looks critically at some of the underlying assumptions which shape our current understanding of the role and purpose of law and society. It focuses on adjudication as a social practice and as a set of governmental techniques. From this vantage point, it explores how the relationshipbetween law, government and society has chan...

Timothy Murphy is a Reader in Law at the London School of Economics.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:282 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019826559X

ISBN - 13:9780198265597

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The Measure of the Law: Society, Government and Law2. Legal Visions of Law and Society: the Penetrative Scheme and Classical Social Theory3. The Rise and Fall of Adjudicative Government: Its Nature, Evolution and Consequences4. Adjudicative Government and Social Science5. Beyond Hierarchy? System and Lifeworld, Unity and Fragmentation of the Idea of Law6. Conclusion: Modern Law and Modern Society

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a remarkable performance - rich in learning, teaming with IapercusI, blessed with set-piece analyses... of ... surpassing beauty.../ Arthur J. Jacobson, Professor of Litigation and Advocacy, Yeshiva University, New York, Jrnl of Law and Society, Vol 26, no 2 , June 1999