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The Powers of Law

The Powers of Law
A Comparative Analysis of Sociopolitical Legal Studies

Part of Cambridge Studies in Law and Society

  • Publication planned for: August 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108454124

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  • Comparative studies can reveal much about how law is formed out of social reality and political power by exploring these interactions in different national contexts. In this work Mauricio García-Villegas compares ideas about law and society in France and the United States, demonstrating different approaches to sociopolitical legal studies. Using the interdisciplinary tools of the sociology of law, critical legal theory, and sociolegal studies, García-Villegas builds up an insightful overview of what constitutes law and society theory and practice in France and the United States. He brings together diverse perspectives and practices that generally do not communicate well with one another, as is often the case between the critical theory of law of jurists and the legal sociology of sociologists. This study will allow readers to understand the sociology of law in a comparative perspective and sets out a new research agenda for the field of sociopolitical legal studies.

    • Proposes a sociopolitical and comparative theory of law
    • Explains French political sociology of law for American students
    • Offers a historical explanation of the differences between the political sociology of law in France and in the United States
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    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108454124
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. A sociopolitical understanding of law
    2. The symbolic uses of law: at the heart of a political sociology of law
    3. Legal fields and the social sciences in France and the United States
    4. Sociopolitical legal studies in the United States
    5. Sociopolitical legal studies in France
    6. Conclusion: the present and future of sociopolitical legal studies.

  • Author

    Mauricio García-Villegas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
    Mauricio García-Villegas is Professor at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Instituto de Estudios Políticos y Relaciones Internacionales (IEPRI), and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wisconsin, Madison Institute for Legal Studies.

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