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Law and Social Change

Law and Social Change

Second Edition

October 2009 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This is a timely new edition of Sharyn L. Roach Anleu's invaluable introduction to the sociology of law and its role as a social institution and social process.

Discussing current theory and key empirical research from a diverse range of perspectives Law and Social Change gives relevant examples, from various cultures and societies, to provide a sociological view which goes beyond more jurisprudential approaches to law and society.

Key Features

  • Provides coverage of major classic and contemporary social theories of law
  • Offers empirical research drawn from several countries/societies
  • Includes up to date and relevant examples

This thoroughly updated edition engages with modern scholarship, and recent research, on globalization while also looking at related issues such as the internationalization of law and human rights.

It explores recent reforms at local and national levels, including issues of migration and refugees, the regulation of 'anti-social' behavior, and specialist or problem solving courts and also provides a clear, accessible introduction to research methods used in the socio-legal field.

Direct and wide-ranging this text will be essential reading for students and researchers on social science and law courses and in particular, those taking sociology, legal theory, criminology, and criminal justice studies.

Introduction: the meaning of law
Law in Classical Social Theory
Contemporary Social Theory and Law
The Legal Profession
Dispute Resolution
Social Control
Feminism and Legal Reform
Rights and Citizenship

This second edition of an influential and insightful book maintains its originality... it is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of recent debates, including globalization, surveillance, the war on terror and the ways in which the law increasingly pervades into every aspect of civil and social life in advanced societies.

This edition should easily comprise a core text for a range of academics and students either as an introduction to the pervasiveness of the law for those with a social science background, as an introduction to the social elements of the legal arena for those with a legal background or as a useful eclectic text for those looking for key insights into wide ranging criminological, sociological and legal debates. The charm of the text is its accessibility which is not detrimental to its academic importance, making a scholarly contribution to the socio legal field
Diane Lister
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tromsø, Norway

Undoubtedly succeeds as a text… Its value rests on its ability to integrate an accessible style with numerous examples from varied jurisdictions which students from both the legal and sociological disciplines will benefit enormously. Accordingly, this book comes highly recommended
International Journal of the Sociology of Law
Praise for the First Edition

It remains the leading text in the area - the only comprehensive and student-friendly text in the area.

Mr David Radlett
Kent Law School, University of Kent
November 26, 2013

decided to use a collection of articles rather than a text

Dr Gabrielle Chapman
Research Institute, Vanderbilt University
September 26, 2013

A good background read for students of the course.

Ms Allison Savory
Department of Social Sciences, Bucks New University
June 27, 2012

The book provides a great intruduction into the field of socio-legal studies focussing on the impacts of social change on the legal system. It is very uselful as a course material as it is written by one author and therefore offers a red thread sometimes missing in other publications that have chapters by diverse writers.

Professor Martin Risak
Labour Law, University of Vienna
June 22, 2011

New to the Second Edition:

All chapters revised and references updated

Increased coverage of globalisation and social change

New material on the internationalization of law human rights

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter Two

Chapter One

Sharyn L Roach Anleu

Professor Sharyn Roach Anleu is a Professor of Sociology at Flinders University, Adelaide, and a past President of the Australian Sociological Association. She was one of three editors of the Journal of Sociology (2001 - 2004) and is the author of Law and social Change(Sage, London) and four editions of Deviance, Conformity and Control (Pearson, Sydney) and numerous articles on deviance, legal regulation and the criminal justice system. Sharyn is currently undertaking research with Professor Kathy Mack on judicial officers and their courts in Australia. More About Author

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