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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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Social Spheres

Social Spheres

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Law in Modern Society


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Two of the most interesting ways in which law interacts with other parts of society involve the following situations: the first is when officials make, interpret, and apply the law; the second involves how individuals and organizations conduct their activities in accordance with the law. As images regarding these situations come to mind, the notion of social sphere is introduced to get a better grasp of those images. A social sphere may be defined as an area of activity where the actors are able to unite in sharing understandings, rules, and principles, regarding the activity. These understandings influence the way in which individuals engage in such activities. The second methodological principle in the study of law in society examined in this chapter focuses on how legal rules are to be construed and managed by officials and citizens. This chapter gives emphasis on the concept of social spheres and looks at how this helps in providing structure to the social world.

Keywords:   social spheres, law in society, legal rules, structure, social world

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