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Law and Society
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Law and Society

Third Edition
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Crime and Law

August 2020 | 664 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Law and Society offers a contemporary overview of the structure and function of legal institutions, along with a lively discussion of criminal and civil law and their impact on society. Author Matthew Lippman draws on insights from over thirty years of teaching to develop an interdisciplinary approach that introduces students to both the influence of law on society and the influence of society on the law. Distinctive coverage of diversity, inequality, civil liberties, and globalism provides an incisive look at the intersection of theory and practice. The highly anticipated Third Edition includes updated discussions of issues facing today’s society, including inequality, international human rights, privacy and surveillance, and social control.

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Preface
 
Introduction
Chapter Organization

 
Organization of the Text

 
Digital Resources

 
Third 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

 
Law and Culture

 
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 Appellate Courts

 
State Supreme Courts

 
State Judicial Selection

 
How Judges Decide Disputes

 
Legislatures

 
Administrative Agencies

 
Law Enforcement

 
A Statistical Profile of the Police

 
A Statistical Profile of the Police

 
International Perspective: The UN System

 
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
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  • a password-protected site for complete and protected access to all text-specific instructor resources;  
  • test banks that provide a diverse range of ready-to-use options that save you time. You can also easily edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions;
  • sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses that provide suggested models for structuring your courses;
  • editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides that offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course; and
  • lecture notes that summarize key concepts by chapter to help you prepare for lectures and class discussions;
  • carefully selected video links featuring relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics;
  • an additional chapter on International Human Rights and International Crime (available online only), allowing students to explore basic rights and freedoms that are inherent to all human beings, as well as international crimes against humanity;
  • additional You Decide exercises that apply concepts from the book to contemporary issues;
  • Law and Society on the Web providing students with opportunities to further their learning about the chapter topics by linking to relevant resources;
  • encyclopedia articles for each chapter; and
  • a course cartridge for easy LMS integration.

Student Study Site
SAGE Edge for students enhances learning, it’s easy to use, and offers:
  • an open-access site that makes it easy for students to maximize their study time, anywhere, anytime;
  • carefully selected video links featuring relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics;
  • eFlashcards that strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts;
  • an additional chapter on International Human Rights and International Crime (available online only), allowing students to explore basic rights and freedoms that are inherent to all human beings, as well as international crimes against humanity;
  • additional You Decide exercises that apply concepts from the book to contemporary issues;
  • Law and Society on the Web providing students with opportunities to further their learning about the chapter topics by linking to relevant resources; and
  • encyclopedia articles for each chapter.

Law and Society is written in a way that is accessible to students. It's very easy to get lost in legal jargon and endless courts cases, but this text does a good job of avoiding those things…This is the best available law and society textbook.”

Raymond E. Barranco
Mississippi State University

Law and Society provides a good overview of information about the way the system functions and the interplay between law and society. It does so by using historical and current examples and information that highlight the ongoing relationship between law and society.”

Karen Gordon
Arizona State University

“Matthew Lippman's work is a comprehensive dive into the many contours of law and society…The historical discussions throughout the book provide enormous value to the understanding of our current legal system in the U.S.”

Timothy Lindberg
University of Minnesota, Morris

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