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Invitation to Law and Society: An Introduction to the Study of Real Law (Chicago Series in Law and Society)


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Law and Society is a rapidly-growing interdisciplinary field that turns on its head the conventional, idealized view of the “Law” as a magisterial abstraction. Kitty Calavitas Invitation to Law and Society brilliantly brings to life the ways in which law shapes and manifests itself in the institutions and interactions of human society, while inviting the reader into conversations that introduce the fields dominant themes and most lively disagreements. 

Deftly interweaving scholarship with familiar personal examples, Calavita shows how scholars in the discipline are collectively engaged in a subversive exposé of laws public mythology. While surveying prominent issues and distinctive approaches to the use of the law in everyday life, as well as its potential as a tool for social change, this volume provides a view of law that is more real but just as compelling as its mythic counterpart. In a field of inquiry that has long lacked a sophisticated yet accessible introduction to its ways of thinking, Invitation to Law and Society will serve as an engaging and indispensible guide.

About the Author

Kitty Calavita is Chancellors Professor in the Departments of Criminology, Law and Society, and Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of several volumes, most recently including Immigrants at the Margins: Law, Race, and Exclusion in Southern Europe.

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Chapter 1.Introduction

Chapter 2.Types of Society, Types of Law

Chapter 3.Law in the Everyday, Everywhere

Chapter 4.The Color of Law

Chapter 5.Many Laws, Many Orders

Chapter 6.The Talk versus the Walk of Law

Chapter 7.Law and Social Justice:Plus Ça Change . . .

Chapter 8.Conclusion



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Calavita, Kitty
University of Chicago Press
Sociological jurisprudence
Sociology - General
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Chicago Series in Law and Society
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