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Although law is a foundation of social order and a medium of normative integration for society, sociology of law is not part of the core subjects of general sociology, nor is it a focus of social theory or a central issue of empirical social research. In fact, the theoretical and empirical status of sociology of law is today one of almost forty special subdisciplines organized in Sektionen, such as the sociology of youth or the family. Within the crowded area of transdisciplinary legal research, sociology of law is situated among anthropology, criminology, economics, ethology, ethnology, political science, psychology, and other highly specialized subdisciplines. Within jurisprudence, it belongs to the basic law disciplines, such as philosophy, history, theory, and dogmatics.

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German sociology of law goes back ...

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