21A.219 | Spring 2003 | Undergraduate

Law and Society



Abel, Richard L., ed. The Law and Society Reader. New York: New York University Press, 1995.

Burnett, D. Graham. A Trial by Jury. New York: Vintage Books, 2002.

Carter, Leif, and Tom Burke. Reason in Law. 6th ed. New York: Longman, 2001.

Ewick, Patricia, and Susan S. Silbey. The Common Place of Law: Stories From Everyday Life (Language and Legal Discourse). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Harr, Jonathan. A Civil Action. New York: Vintage Books, 1996.

Sutton, John. Law/Society: Origins, Interactions, and Change. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge, 2001.

Additonal Readings

Berman, Paul. “An Observation and a Strange but True ‘Tale’: What Might the Historical Trials of Animals Tell Us About the Transformative Potential of Law?” Hastings Law Journal 52 (November 2000): 123-180.

Black, Donald. “The Social Organization of Arrest.” In Policing Society. Edited by W. Clinton Terry III. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1985, pp. 290-309.

Burke, Thomas F. Lawyers, Lawsuits and Legal Rights: The Battle over Litigation in American Society. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002, pp. 1-59, 194-231, 259-260.

Chambliss, William J. “A Sociological Analysis of the Law of Vagrancy.” Social Problems 12 (1964): 67-77.

Cobb, Sara. “The Domestication of Violence in Mediation.” Law & Society Review 31, 3 (1997): 397-441.

Cuba, Lee. A Short Guide to Writing About Social Science. 2nd ed. New York: Harper Collins, 1992. (Recommended book on writing)

Currie, Elliott P. “Crimes without Criminals: Witchcraft and Its Control in Renaissance Europe.” Law & Society Review  3, no. 1 (1968): 7-32. Reprinted as chap. 19 in The Social Organization of Law. Edited by Donald Black. New York: Seminar Press, 1973, pp. 344-367.

Feeley, Malcolm. The Process is the Punishment. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1992, chap. 1.

Felstiner, William L.F. , Richard L. Abel, and Austin Sarat. “The Emergence and Transformation of Disputes: Naming, Blaming, Claiming…” Law & Society Review 15, no. 3-4 (1980-1981): 631-654.

Hall, Jerome. Theft, Law and Society. 2nd ed. Indianapolis, Ind.: Bobbs-Merrill, 1952. (Excerpts)

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter and Selected Tales. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1979, pp. 75-89.

Hay, Douglas. “Property, Authority and the Criminal Law.” Chap. 1 in Douglas Hay et. al., Albion’s Fatal Tree: Crime and Society in Eighteenth Century England. New York: Pantheon, 1975.

Hensler, Deborah. “Suppose It’s Not True: Challenging Mediation Ideology.” Journal of Dispute Resolution, no. 1 (2002): 81-99.

Holmes, Oliver Wendell. “The Path of the Law” (1897). In The Sociology of Law: Interdisciplinary Readings. Edited by Rita James Simon. San Francisco: Chandler, 1968, pp. 19-28.

Paul, Jeremy. “Changing the Subject: Cognitive Theory and the Teaching of Law.” Brooklyn Law Review 67, no. 4 (2002): 987-1022.

Real Justice, District Court. PBS Video, Frontline Series, 1999. (Screening)

Real Justice, Superior Court. PBS Video, Frontline Series, 1999. (Screening)

Sherwin, Richard K. When Law Goes Pop: The Vanishing Line Between Law and Popular Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000, chap. 1, 2, 9.

Silbey, Susan. “The Consequences of Responsive Regulation.” In Enforcing Regulation. Edited by J. Thomas and K. Hawkins. Boston, The Hague and London: Kluwer Nijhof, 1984, pp. 147-170.

Silbey, Susan. “The Emperor’s New Clothes: Mediation Mythology and Markets.” Journal of Dispute Resolution, no. 1 (2002): 171-177.

Strunk, William, and E. B. White. Elements of Style. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1999. (Recommended book on writing)

Telpner, Brian. “Constructing Safe Communities: Megan’s Law and the Purposes of Punishment.” Georgetown Law Journal 85 (June 1997): 2039-2068.

Thompson, E. P. “The Rule of Law.” In The Essential E. P. Thompson. Edited and Introduced by Dorothy Thompson. New York: The New Press, 2001, pp. 130-137.

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