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 and the State: Max Weber's Sociology of Law

Law and the State: Max Weber's Sociology of Law

Law and the state: Max weber's sociology of law

Till this point, we have discussed two kinds of theories of legal change, one based on an evolutionary logic of societal development and the other on a Marxian model of class conflict. I suggested that there are crucial weaknesses in both. Evolutionary models, even in the most sophisticated versions laid out by Durkheim and, later, Talcott Parsons, oversimplify Western legal history. In treating legal change as a largely spontaneous and natural process, they ignore two potentially important factors: the impact of economic inequality and the conflict that arises from it, and the role of politics, especially the dynamics of state formation. Marxian theory is explicitly concerned with law ...

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