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This text seeks to situate sociolegal studies in a global context. Law and society scholarship in the United States and elsewhere typically assumes one legal system and one society and explores the relationship between them. Such a narrow endeavor perpetuates a Western international relations model that too often conflates law, culture, and the nation-state. A more global sociolegal perspective engages with multiple laws and societies within and across national borders and recognizes diverse sociolegal systems based on very different historical and cultural traditions, interacting on multiple local, national, and global levels. This more global perspective also reveals an array of transnational issues including regional conflicts, genocide, mass immigration, environmental degradation, and climate change that have consistently defied resolution via conventional international system of governance. The approach to global legal pluralism outlined here seeks to provide a framework for envisioning new global governance regimes that move beyond state-based solutions to deal with trenchant transnational challenges.Read more
- Provides an introduction to a global socio-legal perspective
- Foregrounds global and transnational legal processes and how these impact people in their everyday lives
- Includes chapter discussions followed by suggested reading lists and excerpts from selected articles
Reviews & endorsements
"This important book shows how pluralist and constitutive theories of law and society provide valuable insights into the workings of law in our globalizing world. Clearly written and supplemented by well-chosen readings, the book offers an excellent perspective on a new, more global approach to socio-legal studies."
Sally Engle Merry, Professor of Anthropology and Law and Society, New York University School of LawSee more reviews
"Eve Darian-Smith’s forceful call will enrich interdisciplinary dialogues about the future of socio-legal studies. More than that, she has illuminated a path by which students can grapple with very significant questions, frequently passed over, about the sources and nature of law. Anyone who can accept the foundational mission of Law and Society - to invite and confront critique from across disciplinary perspectives - will welcome and benefit from Law and Societies in Global Contexts."
Patrick Schmidt, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Macalester College
"A wonderful and very timely contribution by a senior scholar who is very well placed to provide a cutting-edge overview of a field of study - law and society - that, after half a century, is in danger of stagnating. As Darian-Smith points out, law and society scholars, especially in the US (but also in Western Europe ) need to deepen their engagement with the insights of postcolonial studies, and also with empirical studies of non-state law and non-state regulation, both transnationally and at the sub-state level. The book will be used as a text in countless courses in the US as well as in other countries. It will also push scholars, especially those working in the US and Western Europe, to reflect critically on the assumptions we all make about what is and is not law, about what it is that we study, what we are neglecting to study, and how we study what we do. Textbook-style overviews are often outdated by the time they are published, reflecting older, canonical perspectives, but this is a text that manages to be both synthetic and innovative. The book also offers, in a quiet and non-preachy manner, very useful methodological and theoretical advice of great value not only to graduate students and young scholars but even to the most senior scholars in the field."
Mariana Valverde, Professor of Criminology, Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto
"In its scope, ambition and passion the result is one of the best books to emerge from this field in recent years. It will remain a reference point in years to come."
Desmond Manderson, Law and Humanities
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- Date Published: January 2013
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521130714
- length: 434 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.58kg
- contains: 7 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: socio-legal scholarship in the twenty-first century
2. Interconnected themes and challenges
3. Producing legal knowledge
4. Re-imagining legal geographies
5. Securing peoples
6. Re-racializing the world
7. Conclusion: the enduring relevance of law?
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