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The Social Organization of Law

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27 Oct 1998
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
435 pages - 152 x 229 x 28mm


This new edition of "The Social Organization of Law" uses the five-part organization of the first edition - social stratification, social morphology, culture, organization, and other social control - in presenting a brand new set of readings. These readings represent the great variety of work done in the sociology of law, a field dedicated to the study of the influence of social factors on legal behavior pioneered by Donald Black. Some of the readings look at the operation of the justice systems, others at various stages of the legal process. Only two had appeared in print when the first edition of "The Sociology of Law" was published, and neither was included in it. This second edition, published 25 years after the first, thus testifies to the recently created wealth of ideas while introducing a new generation to the concepts that have already proved so fruitful. It presents all new essays while retaining the organizational structure of the first edition. It illustrates new advances in jurisprudential, moral, and practical applications of legal sociology; covers the contemporary U.S. as well as other countries and historical periods; and, embraces a wide variety of research methods and strategies.
M.P. Baumgartner, Introduction. Law and Social Stratification: W.J. Bowers and G.L. Pierce, Arbitrariness and Discrimination under Post-Furman Capital Statutes. D. Black, Dispute Settlement by the Police. W.M. O'Barr, Speech Styles in the Courtroom: Powerful versus Powerless Speech. M.P. Baumgartner, Law and Social Status in Colonial New Haven, 1639-1665. Law and Social Morphology: H.P. Lundsgaarde, Murder in Space City. D.M. Engel, The Oven Bird's Song: Insiders, Outsiders and Personal Injuries in an American Community. M. Cooney, Evidence as Partisanship. K. Daly, Structure and Practice of Familial-Based Justice in a Criminal Court. Law and Culture: D.J. Steffensmeier and R.M. Terry, Deviance and Respectability: An Observational Study of Reactions to Shoplifting. N.A. Heitzeg, Legal Control of Music: The Case of Rock and Rap. R. Grace, Justice, Chinese Style. D.C.E. Ugwuegbu, Racial and Evidential Factors in Juror Attribution of Legal Responsiblity. G.E.M. de Ste. Croix, Why Were the Early Christians Persecuted? Law and Organization: C. Wanner, The Public Ordering of Private Relations: Winning Civil Court Cases. D.R. Songer and R.S. Sheehan, Who Wins on Appeal? Uppderdogs and Underdogs in the United States Courts of Appeals. J. Hagan, The Corporate Advantage: A Study of the Involvement of Corporate and Individual Victims in a Criminal Justice System. J. Lynxwiler, N. Shover, and D.A. Clelland, The Organization and Impact of Inspector: Discretion in a Regulatory Bureaucracy. Law and Other Social Control: R.A. Farrell and V.L. Swigert, Prior Offense Record as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. E.A. Stanko, The Impact of Victim Assessment on Prosecutors' Screening Decisions: The Case of the New York County District Attorney's Office. J.O. Haley, Sheathing the Sword of Justice in Japan: An Essay on Law without Sanctions. Index.

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