Foundations of the Sociology of Law provides a conceptual framework for thinking about the full range of topics within the sociology of law discipline. The book: contrasts normative and sociological perspectives on law; presents a primer on the logic of research and inference as applied to law related issues; examines theories of legal change; and discusses law in action with specific reference to civil rights legislation.

Law, Class Conflict, and the Economy: Marxian Theory

Law, Class Conflict, and the Economy: Marxian Theory

Law, class conflict, and the economy: Marxian theory

This chapter is concerned with Marxian theories of legal change. Perhaps the first question to be addressed is, Why study Marx? Karl Marx was born in 1818 and died in 1883. From a contemporary perspective, Marxism, as either a philosophy of history or a political theory, seems to be on the run. The socialist regimes of the Soviet Union and its satellites have disintegrated, and, under the onslaught of market forces, even the Chinese government has lost its ideological elan and succumbed to geriatric authoritarianism. In Western universities, free-market economic thought has moved beyond economics departments and has made converts in sociology, political science, and jurisprudence; many erstwhile Marxist academics ...

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