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.

Voting Rights and School Desegregation

Voting rights and school desegregation

Civil rights law is surely the most important laboratory for studying the impact of legal policy on society. This is so for two reasons. First, race and gender inequalities are about as ingrained and institutionalized as any social problem can get. They influence our everyday patterns of speech, our networks of social interaction, the structure of the neighborhoods we live in and the schools we attend, our occupational choices, and the behavior of government itself. At least this was the case 40 years ago. Perhaps things have changed for the better; in part, that is what this chapter is about. Second, the civil rights movement itself represents the broadest and most sustained attempt to solve a ...

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