Sociology of law

Sociology of law

Reza Banakar University of Westminster, London, UK

abstract Many of the original sociological premises, concepts and ideas regarding social action, legal change and social reform were initially formulated by studying conditions specific to western industrial societies. The sociocultural consequences of globalization over the last three decades have, however, affected the relationship between state, law and society, blurred sharply drawn distinctions between the West and the rest of the world and transformed the sociocultural setting within which legal regulation is devised and social reform planned. This article asks to what extent socio-legal research has reconsidered its theoretical premises regarding the relationship between law, state and society to grasp the new social and cultural forms of organization specific to global societies of the 21st century. 

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