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Law in Modern Society$
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Denis Galligan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291830

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291830.001.0001

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Setting the Bounds of Law-and-society

Setting the Bounds of Law-and-society

(p.4) 1 Setting the Bounds of Law-and-society
Law in Modern Society


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Any person who attempts to study law in society is faced with the dilemma of either taking law too seriously or not taking it seriously enough since one may view law simply as a system of rules. This study will look into ideas that are contained in both perspectives: that law can be a distinctive social phenomenon although it may be interrelated with other aspects of society; that law exercises authority over society but restrains and influences society in doing so; and that law is, in a way, an independent social formation while it is simultaneously interdependent with other social formations. In other words, in studying law, one must be able to look at the qualities specific to law while also taking into account the role of law and how this affects society.

Keywords:   law, society, social phenomenon, authority, restraint, social formation

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