The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society

The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society

Editor(s): Austin Sarat

Published Online: 17 MAR 2008

Print ISBN: 9780631228967

Online ISBN: 9780470693650

DOI: 10.1002/9780470693650

About this Book

The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society is an authoritative study of the relationship between law and social interaction. Thirty-two original essays by an international group of expert scholars examine a wide range of critical questions. Authors represent various theoretical, methodological, and political commitments, creating the first truly global overview of the field.


  • Examines the relationship between law and social interactions in thirty-three original essay by international experts in the field.
  • Reflects the world-wide significance of North American law and society scholarship.
  • Addresses classical areas and new themes in law and society research, including: the gap between law on the books and law in action; the complexity of institutional processes; the significance of new media; and the intersections of law and identity.
  • Engages the exciting work now being done in England, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, as well as "Third World" scholarship.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Perspectives on the History and Significance of Law and Society Research

  2. Part II: The Cultural Life of Law

  3. Part III: Institutions and Actors

  4. Part IV: Domains of Policy

  5. Part V: How Does Law Matter?

  6. Part VI: Studying Globalization: Past, Present, Future

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