Towards a Socio-legal Understanding of Normativity
What is the secret of normativity? When do norms arise in social practice? How do norms shape the making and using of law? These (and other) questions are examined in this fascinating collection which combines theoretical investigations with rich empirical case studies of subjects as varied as the emerging norms concerning file-sharing, the role definitions of school headmasters, and wedding ceremonies and corruption in Uzbekistan. David Nelken, Macerata University, Italy and Cardiff University, UK The expansion of law, new technologies and processes of globalization have resulted in increasingly complex interdependencies between law and society. This book offers several excellent, innovative and in-depth studies of norms and normativity, and of current relations between social and legal norms. It is a significant and original contribution to an improved understanding of core questions of sociology of law and is highly recommended. Inger-Johanne Sand, University of Oslo, Norway To understand and bring about change has been an important motivation for the sociology of norms. This book gives an English reading audience access to contributions in the fields of environment, education, cyber norms and development by the international hub for sociology of law at the University of Lund, Sweden. Hanne Petersen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark The relationship between law and norms has been a concern of sociology of law from its beginnings, but socio-legal research has not adequately explored the nature, significance and variety of social norms. This book contributes much towards filling that gap. It offers a wealth of insights and reports of empirical research to enrich contemporary socio-legal studies. Roger Cotterrell, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Matthias Baier is Head of Department, Sociology of Law, at Lund University, Sweden. His research interests are in the areas of Regulation of Sustainable Development, Norms, Participation, and Law in the Public Sphere. He has published widely on these and related areas.
Social and Legal Norms