Sociology of Law: Visions of a Scholarly Tradition, by Mathieu Deflem (Cambridge University Press, 2008) Deflem
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Cambridge University Press, 2008. Scroll down for complete PDF.

ISBN: 978-0-521-67392-1 (paperback) | 978-0-521-85725-3 (hardback)

This book presents a scholarly vision of the sociology of law on the basis of a discussion of the specialty's major achievements. Drawing together theoretical and empirical themes, the work reveals the value of the sociological study of law.

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Introduction: Sociology, Society, Law [online pdf]

Part I. Theoretical Foundations of the Sociology of Law
1. Law and the Rise of the Social Sciences
2. Max Weber on the Rationalization of Law
3. Emile Durkheim on Law and Social Solidarity
Part II. Development and Variations of the Sociology of Law
4. The Theoretical Move Towards the Sociological Study of Law
5. From Sociological Jurisprudence to Sociology of Law
6. Sociology of Law and the Antinomies of Modern Thought
Part III. Sociological Dimensions of Law
7. Law and Economy: The Regulation of the Market
8. Law and Politics: The Role of Democratic Law
9. Law and Integration: The Legal Profession
10.Law and Culture: The Balance of Values through Norms
Part IV. Special Problems of Law
11. Social Control: The Enforcement of Law
12. The Globalization of Law
Conclusion: Visions of the Sociology of Law


Book Reviews

"This is a formidable work of sociology. Mathieu Deflem spans the spectrum of the sociology of law neither to burry it nor to praise it." —Cary Federman, Contemporary Sociology.

"Sociology of Law: Visions of a Scholarly Tradition is another important contribution to the sociology of law, offering an approachable, well-structured introduction to the field for the student, and a scholarly, detailed survey for the specialist." —Matthew Light, Canadian Journal of Sociology.

"Deflem’s Sociology of Law presents a discussion – not an exposition – of important theoretical problems and concerns that define the boundaries of this field of specialization. In this effort, Deflem applies his expertise and meticulous research to construct a thorough treatise on the sociology of law." —Dante Gatmaytan-Magno, Law & Politics Book Review.

Symposium: Sociology of Law: Visions of a Scholarly Tradition, by Mathieu Deflem. Pro Bono, the newsletter of the SSSP Law & Society Division, 16(1), Spring 2010.

Advance Reviews

‘Mathieu Deflem's book is a most timely overview of the sociology of law. It brings together a vision of the classical tradition before attending to a comprehensive survey of recent contributions to what has become an increasingly diversified field. He lays the basis for a fruitful engagement between these different strands. Participants will be more aware of the interacting visions of the field and will, hopefully, talk to each other again.’ —Alan Hunt, Chancellor's Professor, Carleton University

‘A most welcome immodest effort carried out with aplomb and clarity in the best tradition of scholarship! A learned book that takes ideas and students seriously in demonstrating the intertwining of theory and significant empirical topics within a distinctly sociological perspective. Necessary reading for anyone seeking a systematic and comprehensive introduction to the sociology of law.’ —Gary T. Marx, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

‘Mathieu Deflem’s cross national vision, much less confined by national and language barriers than most work, will greatly inspire the social scientific study of law. His firm roots in general sociology advance insights that are too easily lost when new specialty areas seek refuge in niches neatly separated from their mother disciplines. I highly recommend this book to advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and scholars alike.’ —Joachim J. Savelsberg, Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota

‘Until now, all of the diverse and valuable contributions to sociology of law have been scattered across the academic landscape. Mathieu Deflem organizes, synthesizes, and makes sense of them - so they can be used more effectively for the sociological study and understanding of law in society. If I were teaching a graduate seminar on the sociology of law, the first book assigned would be this one.’ —R.E.D. Schwartz, Senior Research Scholar, Yale Law School


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Also available in Chinese, Turkish, Persian, and Indonesian translations.

See also related writings on law and other books by Mathieu Deflem.