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Theory and Method in Socio-Legal Research1068
Socio-legal researchers increasingly recognise the need to employ a wide variety of methods in studying law and legal phenomena, and the need to be informed by an understanding of debates about theory and method in mainstream social science. The papers in this volume illustrate how a range of topics, including EU law, ombudsmen, judges, lawyers, Shariah Councils and the quality assurance industry can be researched from a socio-legal perspective. The objective of the collection is to show how different methods can be used in researching law and legal phenomena, how methodological issues and debates in sociology are relevant to the study of law, and the importance of the debate between "structural" and "action" traditions in researching law. It also approaches the methodological problem of how sociology of law can address the content of legal practice from a variety of perspectives and discusses the relationship between pure and applied research. The editors provide a critical introduction to each of the six sections, and a general introduction on law, sociology and method. The collection will provide an invaluable resource for socio-legal researchers, law school researchers and postgraduates.
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I found all 16 papers to be of high caliber, clearly written and organized, and this makes for engaging reading. Theory and Methods in Socio-Legal Research will doubtless prove fruitful for use in all courses in sociolegal studies, but particularly in those courses taught in British and American law schools that tend to ignore conceptual and methodological considerations. A. Javier Trevino Law & Society Review Volume 41, Number 2 (2007)
Reza Banakar is a Reader in Law at Westminster University, London. Max Travers is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Reza Banakar and Max Travers have also edited An Introduction to Law and Social Theory published by Hart Publishing in 2002.
Introduction Reza Banakar and Max Travers 1. Law, Sociology and Method Reza Banakar and Max Travers SECTION 1: METHOD VERSUS METHODOLOGY Introduction to Section One Reza Banakar and Max Travers 2. Ethnography and Socio-Legal Research John Flood 3. Systems Theory and Qualitative Socio-legal Research Klaus A Ziegert SECTION 2: ETHNOGRAPHY AND LAW Introduction to Section Two Reza Banakar and Max Travers 4. Courses of Mobilisation: Writing systematic micro-histories of legal discourse Thomas Scheffer 5. "Standpoint", "Difference" and Feminist Research Samia Banio 6. Researching Women's Legal Experiences in Botswana: An anthropological perspective Anne Griffiths SECTION 3: STUDYING LEGAL TEXTS Introduction to Section Three Reza Banakar and Max Travers 7. Studying Cases Empirically: A sociological method for studying discrimination cases in Sweden Reza Banakar 8. Researching Ombudsmen Mary Seneviratne 9. Discourse Analysis and the Implementation of a European Directive Bettina Lange SECTION 4: STRUCTURAL APPROACHES Introduction to Section Four Reza Banakar and Max Travers 10. How to Study the Social and Legal Position of Danish Judges Ole Hammerslev 11: Changing Maps: Empirical legal autopoesis John Paterson and Gunther Teubner SECTION 5: STUDYING LEGAL CULTURES Introduction to Section Five Reza Banakar and Max Travers 12. Doing Research into Comparative Criminal Justice David Nelken 13. Researching Legal Culture in Russia Marina Kurkchiyan SECTION 6: SOCIO-LEGAL RESEARCH IN THE UK Introduction to Section Six Reza Banakar and Max Travers 14. Constructing a Typology of Administrative Grievances Michael Adler 15. The Formalisation of Research Ethics Andrew Boon 16. Evaluation Research and Legal Services Max Travers