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A General Jurisprudence of Law and Society

Brian Z. Tamanaha


This book provides a theoretical and sociological exploration of the relationship between law and society. Law is generally understood to be a mirror of society — a reflection of its customs and morals — that functions to maintain social order. Focusing on this common understanding, the book conducts a survey of Western legal and social theories about law and its relationship within society. It then engages in a theoretical and empirical critique of this common understanding. The theoretical critique exposes the mythical quality of the two most often repeated theories about the emergence of la ... More

Keywords: law and society, morality, social order, legal transplantation, globalisation, legal pluralism, sociology, evolutionary theory, social contract theory, legal theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199244676
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Z. Tamanaha, author
St John's University School of Law, New York