Law, Society and Community: Socio-Legal Essays in Honour of by Richard Nobles, David Schiff

By Richard Nobles, David Schiff

This selection of socio-legal stories, written via prime theorists and researchers from worldwide, deals unique, perceptive and significant contributions to principles and theories which were expounded through Roger Cotterrell over a protracted and distinct profession. enticing with many vintage concerns and theories of the sociology of legislation, the contributions are inclined to develop into classics themselves as they take on one of the most major demanding situations that glossy legislation faces. they don't draw back from what one of many participants describes because the complexity and multiplicity of our modern criminal global. The e-book is prepared in 3 components: socio-legal topics; methodological and jurisprudential subject matters; globalization, cultural and comparative legislation topics. beginning with a bankruptcy that re-engages with the necessity to interpret criminal rules sociologically, and finishing with person who explores the worldwide importance of recent fascination with the assumption of the rule of thumb of legislations, this feature deals very important additions to the oeuvre of Roger Cotterrell (a record of whose educational writings is incorporated within the book).

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This is seen for example in his acute writings about culture, multiculturalism and community as well as his discussions of the legal profession and the legal academy. g. through active involvement with the leading journals – especially so in the cases of the Journal of Law and Society, Law and Society Review and the International Journal of Law in Context. He has helped to make ‘sociological perspectives’ not only acceptable and welcome, but even seen as necessary for legal scholars. Whilst to his sociological colleagues he has shown how juristic perspectives can sometimes be useful even for sociological purposes.

His idea of justice for example is some way from the ideal of those for whom justice must be done even if the heavens fall! This underlines the point that it remains an open question how such insights should be (re)formulated in legal discourse and communications. We should be cautious about assuming legal actors can or should be taught to reason in this sort of language (even if, as Roger’s studies of Durkheim’s disciples show, many of them have tried to do exactly this). If Roger is willing to concede this then I will willingly acknowledge that ‘we are not so far apart’.

32 Law, Society and Community individual choices in dress in a modern complex society should ultimately be governed morally by the value system of moral individualism …’ (16). ) directly parallel those of prisoners’ rights, or rights in almost any circumstances in which the individuals concerned are somehow isolated from the ordinary networks of social solidarity that provide the foundation of moral individualism, and so of the law shaped by this value system’ (15). Commenting on Durkheim’s attitudes towards the sex act (as itself an invasion of the individual) he argues: ‘We find in them a moral ambivalence which strikingly parallels the ambivalence underlying his analysis of punishment: both sexual relations and punishment involve a calculated sacrifice of dignity and autonomy, as Durkheim sees it: a sacrifice that amounts to a vaguely defined but essential exception in societies where the values of dignity and autonomy are fundamental’ (14).

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