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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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Approaches to Law in Society

Approaches to Law in Society

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(p.27) 2 Approaches to Law in Society
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Law in Modern Society
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D. J. GALLIGAN

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291830.003.0003

There are several ways of examining law in society. Such disciplinary approaches would include a historical approach, a political science approach, an economic approach, and approaches from other fields of social science like sociology, psychology, anthropology. Each of these approaches has its own aims and methods. This book uses an approach that is located within socio-legal studies or law-and-society, and this approach aims to understand law as a part of society as it has a distinct social form while it becomes interconnected with other social forms. The method for this approach consist of identifying the features of a legal order that are important in determining social facts that affect the actions of citizens and officials and examining the implications and meanings associated with these features.

Keywords:   law-and-society, socio-legal studies, law in society, social facts

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