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December 2017 | 624 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

“This is a well-rounded book that seems more interesting to students than other books I have used. It provides information on some cutting-edge themes in law and society while staying well grounded in the theories used by law and society practitioners.”

—Lydia Brashear Tiede, Associate Professor, University of Houston

 

Law and Society, Second Edition, offers a contemporary, concise overview of the structure and function of legal institutions, along with a lively discussion of both criminal and civil law and their impact on society. Unlike other books on law and society, Matthew Lippman takes an interdisciplinary approach that highlights the relevance of the law throughout our society. Distinctive coverage of diversity, inequality, civil liberties, and globalism is intertwined through an organized theme in a strong narrative.

 

The highly anticipated Second Edition of this practical and invigorating text introduces students to both the influence of law on society and the influence of society on the law. Discussions of the pressing issues facing today’s society include key topics such as the law and inequality, international human rights, privacy and surveillance, and law and social control.

 

Log in at study.sagepub.com/lippmanls2e for additional teaching and learning tools. 

 

 
PREFACE
Introduction

 
Chapter Organization

 
Organization of the Text

 
Digital Resources

 
Second Edition

 
Acknowledgments

 
 
Chapter 1. An Introduction to Law and Society
Introduction

 
Definitions of Law

 
Norms, Mores, and Folkways

 
Approaches to Defining Law

 
Summary of Definitions of Law

 
Definitions of Justice

 
Families of Law

 
The Functions of Law

 
The Dysfunctions of Law

 
The Study of Law

 
Two Perspectives on Law and Society

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Terminology

 
 
Chapter 2. Theories of Law and Justice
Introduction

 
Legal Systems

 
Natural Law

 
Legal Positivism

 
Utilitarianism

 
The Categorical Imperative

 
Historical School

 
Classical Sociological Theorists

 
Legal Realism

 
Sociological Jurisprudence

 
Functionalism

 
Legal Behavioralism

 
Libertarianism

 
Law and Economics

 
Critical Legal Studies

 
Critical Race Theory

 
Feminist Jurisprudence

 
Law and Humanities

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Terminology

 
 
Chapter 3. The Structure and Function of Courts, Legislatures, and Administrative Agencies
Introduction

 
Courts and Conflict Resolution

 
The Development of Federal Courts

 
The Structure of the Judicial System

 
Judicial Gatekeeping

 
The Jurisdiction of Federal Courts

 
Federal District Courts

 
Federal Courts of Appeal

 
The U.S. Supreme Court

 
The Organization of State Courts

 
State Courts of Limited Jurisdiction

 
State Courts of General Jurisdiction

 
State Appellate Courts

 
State Supreme Courts

 
State Judicial Selection

 
How Judges Decide Disputes

 
Legislatures

 
Administrative Agencies

 
Law Enforcement

 
A Statistical Profile of the Police

 
International Perspective: The UN System

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Terminology

 
 
Chapter 4. The Legal Profession
Introduction

 
Perspectives on the Legal Profession

 
The Historical Development of the English Legal Profession

 
The Growth of the American Legal Profession

 
The Contemporary Legal Profession

 
International Perspective: The Legal Profession in China

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Terminology

 
 
Chapter 5. Access to Justice and Legal Ethics
Introduction

 
Lawyers, Clients, and Access to Justice

 
Legal Ethics

 
International Perspective: Legal Education in Germany and France

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Terminology

 
 
Chapter 6. Dispute Resolution
Introduction

 
Stages of Disputing

 
Methods of Dispute Resolution

 
Preconditions for Adjudication

 
Social Influences on Disputing

 
American Attitudes Toward the Law

 
The Debate Over Litigation in America

 
Alternative Dispute Resolution

 
International Perspective: Gacaca Courts in Rwanda

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Terminology

 
 
Chapter 7. Criminal Courts
Introduction

 
Crime Control and Due Process

 
Defense Attorneys

 
Indigent Defense

 
Prosecutors

 
The Grand Jury

 
Plea Bargaining

 
International Perspective: Inquisitorial Legal Systems

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Terminology

 
 
Chapter 8. Juries
Introduction

 
The Trial

 
The Jury in Criminal Cases

 
The Development of the American Jury

 
Jury Decision-Making

 
Judges and Juries

 
Jury Nullification

 
Jury Selection

 
Social Science and Jury Selection

 
The Jury and the Death Penalty

 
Sentencing

 
Wrongful Convictions

 
International Perspective: The International Criminal Court

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Terminology

 
 
Chapter 9. Law and Social Control
Introduction

 
Informal and Formal Social Control

 
Legal Control

 
Criminal Penalties

 
Deterrence

 
Capital Punishment

 
International Perspectives on Capital Punishment

 
Victimless Crimes

 
White-Collar Crime

 
Corporate Liability

 
Civil Commitment

 
International Perspective: Genocide

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Terminology

 
 
Chapter 10. The Impact of Law on Society
Introduction

 
The Impact of Society on the Law

 
Law as the Cause of Social Change

 
Compliance, Rejection, and Evasion of the Law

 
Courts and Social Change

 
The Impact of Court Decisions on Criminal Justice

 
Law and Social Movements

 
Civil Disobedience and Social Change

 
International Perspective: FGM and the Implementation of International Human Rights

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Terminology

 
 
Chapter 11. Law and Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Introduction

 
Critical Race Theory

 
African Americans and the Criminal Justice System

 
Racial Profiling

 
Police-Involved Violence

 
Race and Stand Your Ground Laws

 
Race and the War on Drugs

 
Hate Crimes

 
The Color of Immigration Law

 
Law and Diversity: The Cultural Defense

 
International Perspective: Global Trafficking

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Terminology

 
 
Chapter 12. Privacy and Surveillance
Introduction

 
Does Privacy Matter?

 
A Brief History of the Law of Privacy

 
The Law of Privacy

 
The Constitutional Right to Privacy

 
The Panopticon Society

 
Governmental Surveillance

 
Government Surveillance and Domestic Crime

 
Private Sector Online Data Collection

 
Identity Theft

 
Cybercrime

 
A Digital Constitution

 
Drug Testing

 
DNA

 
Fingerprints and Biometric Identification

 
International Perspective: Internet Surveillance

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Terminology

 
 
GLOSSARY
 
REFERENCES
 
INDEX
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you withf a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.
  • Carefully selected, video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Law and Society on the Web provide students with opportunities to further their learning about the chapter topics by linking to relevant resources on the web.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • An additional chapter on International Human Rights and International Crime, available online only, allows students to explore basic rights and freedoms that are inherent to all human beings as well as international crimes against humanity.
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • Carefully selected, video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Law and Society on the Web provide students with opportunities to further their learning about the chapter topics by linking to relevant resources on the web.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.
  • An additional chapter on International Human Rights and International Crime, available online only, allows students to explore basic rights and freedoms that are inherent to all human beings as well as international crimes against humanity.

“This is a well rounded book that seems more interesting to students than other books I have used. It provides information on some cutting-edge themes in law and society while staying well grounded in the theories used by law and society practitioners.”

Lydia Brashear Tiede, Associate Professor
University of Houston

“It is a gold mine. Reading it could send your mind everywhere and makes you think of other ways of making the classroom more interactive. I suggested it to someone who is also using it for a sociology of law class.”

Boniface Noyongoyo
University of Central Florida

“I would describe the text as a great basic overview of law and society. It is well organized and very readable. I like the emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach as well as the highlighting of international issues.”

Eric Bellone, JD/PhD
Suffolk University

“It is a blend between a classic law and society textbook with contemporary legal issues. It provides the students with the ability to see connections between theory and practice that few other law and society books have provided.”

Aaron Lorenz
Ramapo College

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