Social Context and Social Location in the Sociology of Law

Edited by Gayle MacDonald

© 2001

The sociology of law in the 1990s encountered uncertain terrain. The reconsideration of questions of race, class, and gender have destabilized traditional discourses of the previous 30 years. Global economic politics, restless divisions within both nation and state, and increasing demands from the marginalized have nearly paralysed the possibility for traditional theory to address the very real and serious problems faced by increasing numbers of people. The work in this text represents an evolving body of critical analysis of the law and its social context. Moving from Gayle MacDonald's overview of the traditional discourses of the sociology of law and the promise of critical theory, contributing authors offer insights into the effect of social context on the formation of law and the ways in which the particularlities of social location bear on the application of law and resistance to it.

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The work in this text represents an evolving body of critical analysis of the law and its social context.

Social Context and Social Location in the Sociology of Law

Edited by Gayle MacDonald

© 2001

The sociology of law in the 1990s encountered uncertain terrain. The reconsideration of questions of race, class, and gender have destabilized traditional discourses of the previous 30 years. Global economic politics, restless divisions within both nation and state, and increasing demands from the marginalized have nearly paralysed the possibility for traditional theory to address the very real and serious problems faced by increasing numbers of people. The work in this text represents an evolving body of critical analysis of the law and its social context. Moving from Gayle MacDonald's overview of the traditional discourses of the sociology of law and the promise of critical theory, contributing authors offer insights into the effect of social context on the formation of law and the ways in which the particularlities of social location bear on the application of law and resistance to it.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.8in x 0.4in x 8.8in
  • Reviews

    The greatest strength of this book is the diversity of its subject matter and its exploration of links between law and the political, cultural, and economic aspects of society. It is seldom that one finds a single publication that examines the practices of so many different types of law (civil, criminal, and administrative) or does so from so many different angles.


    Gail Kellough, York University
  • Author Information

    Gayle MacDonald is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at St. Thomas University, Fredericton. She is the editor of Critical Issues in Corrections

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements

    Preface

    Part I: Theorizing the Struggles: New Challenges, New Directions

    1. Theory and the Canon: How the Sociology of Law is Organized - Gayle M. MacDonald

    2. Critical Theory and the Sociology of Law: Contradiction and Currency - Gayle M. MacDonald

    Part II: Social Context and the Formation of Law

    3. Legal Treatment of the Body: The Example of Sexual Abuse by Doctors - Patricia Hughes

    4. Legal Discourse and Domestic Legal Aid: The Problem of Fitting-In - Lori Beaman

    5. Of Death, Desire, and Knowledge: Law and Social Control of Witches in Renaissance Europe - Sheila Noonan

    Part III: Social Location and the Application of Law

    6. The Farmer Takes a Wife and the Wife Takes the Farm: Marriage and Farming - Susan T. Machum

    7. Medico-legal Expertise and Industrial Disease Compensation: Discipline, Surveillance and Disqualification in the Era of the "Social" - Chris 'Nob' Doran

    8. Confronting the Construct of Child Neglect as Maternal Failure: In Search of Peacemaking Alternatives - Sandra Wachholz

    Part IV: Social Location and Resistance to Law

    9. Communities are Social: Locating Homeplace in the Sociology of Law - Audrey Sprenger

    10. The Crown Owns All the Land? The Mi'gmaq of Listuguj Resist - Melinda Martin

    11. The Persuasive Cartographer: sexual Assault and Legal Discourse in R. v. Ewanchuk - Rebecca Johnson

    Contributors

    Index

    Index of Court Cases

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