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Law's Community: Legal Theory in Sociological Perspective

Roger Cotterrell


This book offers a distinctive analysis of law, identifying political and moral problems that are fundamental to contemporary legal theory. It portrays contemporary law as institutionalised doctrine, emphasising ways in which legal modes of thought influence wider currents of understanding and belief in contemporary Western societies. Exploring relationships between law and sociology as contrasting and competing fields of knowledge, this book develops ideas from social theory to identify key problems for legal development; in particular, those of restoring moral authority to law and of elabora ... More

Keywords: legal theory, law, sociology, social theory, moral authority, community, legal regulation, legal system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198264903
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264903.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Cotterrell, author
Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London