Law and Society: An Introduction

1st Edition

John Harrison Watts, Cliff Roberson

CRC Press
Published November 15, 2013
Textbook - 350 Pages
ISBN 9781466583290 - CAT# K18982

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Summary

In recent years, legal studies courses have increased the focus on contemporary social issues as part of the curriculum. Law and Society: An Introduction discusses the interface between these two institutions and encourages students in the development of new insights on the topic. The book begins by introducing definitions, classifications, and the concept of the "rule of law." It then explores:

  • Principal legal systems, including common law, civil law, Islamic and socialist systems, and American Indian law
  • Feminist legal theories, critical race theory, and the roles of morality and values in social control
  • The contributions of sociological research and its impact on the law
  • Court systems and procedures, the exclusionary rule, and plea bargaining
  • The nature and process of legislative, administrative, and judicial lawmaking
  • Alternative dispute resolution and international arbitration and mediation
  • The law as a mechanism for social changes, such as those brought on by the 1964 Civil Rights Act
  • Issues related to the legal profession and professional responsibility

This text eliminates the need for a separate reader by also discussing controversial legal topics—including affirmative action, education, the death penalty, right to work laws, and abortion. Each chapter builds on the previous ones and includes concrete examples of the issues involved. Enhanced by chapter summaries of salient points, review questions, and practical exercises, the book is designed to encourage students in the development of new insights into the relationships between law and society.

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