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Routledge Handbook of Socio-Legal Theory and Methods

Edited by: Naomi Creutzfeldt , Marc Mason , Kirsten McConnachie

Print publication date:  August  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138592902
eBook ISBN: 9780429952814
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429952814
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Book description

Drawing on a range of approaches from the social sciences and humanities, this handbook explores theoretical and empirical perspectives that address the articulation of law in society, and the social character of the rule of law.

The vast field of socio-legal studies provides multiple lenses through which law can be considered. Rather than seeking to define the field of socio-legal studies, this book takes up the experiences of researchers within the field. First-hand accounts of socio-legal research projects allow the reader to engage with diverse theoretical and methodological approaches within this fluid interdisciplinary area. The book provides a rich resource for those interested in deepening their understanding of the variety of theories and methods available when law is studied in its broadest social context, as well as setting those within the history of the socio-legal movement. The chapters consider multiple disciplinary lenses ? including feminism, anthropology and sociology ? as well as a variety of methodologies, including: narrative, visual and spatial, psychological, economic and epidemiological approaches. Moreover, these are applied in a range of substantive contexts such as online hate speech, environmental law, biotechnology, research in post-conflict situations, race and LGBT+ lawyers.

The handbook brings together younger contributors and some of the best-known names in the socio-legal field. It offers a fresh perspective on the past, present and future of sociolegal studies that will appeal to students and scholars with relevant interests in a range of subjects, including law, sociology and politics.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Socio-legal theory and methods Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Traditions of studying the social and the legal Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Uses and abuses of socio-legal studies Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The why and how to of conducting a socio-legal empirical research project Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Writing beyond distinctions  Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Doing critical-socio-legal theory Download PDF
Chapter  7:  ‘Indefensible and irresponsible’ Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Ethical awareness and socio-legal research in the UK Download PDF
Chapter  9:  On objectivity and staying ‘native’ Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The politics of research impact Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Law and sociology Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Law and social psychology methods Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Socio-legal studies and economics Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Law and anthropology Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Doing ‘law in/and development’ Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Qualitative data and the challenges of interpretation in transitional justice research  Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Reading law spatially Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Legal concepts in flux Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Feminist approaches to socio-legal studies Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Intersectionality as theory and method Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Encountering the archive Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Law, the environment and narrative storytelling Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Legal aesthetics as visual method Download PDF
Chapter  24:  A content analysis of judicial decision-making Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Intellectual property, biotechnology and process tracing Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Experiments in criminal justice contexts Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Legal epidemiology, evidence-informed law and administrative data Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Socio-legal approaches to online hate speech  Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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