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Routledge Handbook of Socio-Legal Theory and Methods

Edited by: Naomi Creutzfeldt, Marc Mason, Kirsten McConnachie

ISBN13: 9781138592902
To be Published: August 2019
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £175.00

Drawing on a range of approaches from the social sciences and humanities, this handbook explores theoretical and empirical perspectives that address the articulation of law in society, and the social character of the rule of law.

The vast field of socio-legal studies provides multiple lenses through which law can be considered. Rather than seeking to define the field of socio-legal studies, this book takes up the experiences of researchers within the field. First-hand accounts of socio-legal research projects allow the reader to engage with diverse theoretical and methodological approaches within this fluid, interdisciplinary area. The book provides a rich resource for those interested in deepening their understanding of the variety of theories and methods available when studying law in its broadest social context, as well as setting those within the history of the socio-legal movement. The chapters consider multiple disciplinary lenses – including feminism, anthropology and sociology – as well as a variety of methodologies, including: narrative, visual and spatial, psychological, economic and epidemiological approaches. Moreover, these are applied in a range of substantive contexts such as online hate speech, environmental law, biotechnology, research in post-conflict situations, race and LGBT+ lawyers.

The Handbook brings together younger contributors and some of the most well-known names in the socio-legal field. It offers a fresh perspective on the past, present and future of socio-legal studies that will appeal to students and scholars with relevant interests in a range of subjects, including law, sociology, and politics.

Law and Society
Approaching socio-legal studies
Chapter 1 Socio-Legal Theory and Methods: Introduction
Naomi Creutzfeldt, Marc Mason, Kirsten McConnachie
Chapter 2 Traditions of Studying the Social and the Legal: Building Interdisciplinary Bridges
Naomi Creutzfeldt, University of Westminster
Chapter 3 Uses and Abuses of Socio-Legal Methods
Carrie Menkel-Meadow, UC Irvine School of Law, USA
Chapter 4 The why and how to of conducting a socio-legal research project
Lisa Webley, University of Birmingham
Chapter 5 Writing Beyond Distinctions
Andreas Philioppopoulous - Mihalopoulus, University of Westminster
Chapter 6 Doing Critical Socio-Legal Studies
Margaret Davies, Flinders University, Australia
Chapter 7 "Indefensible and irresponsible": Interdisciplinarity, truth and #reviewer2
Dave Cowan, University of Bristol and Emilie Cloatre, University of Kent
Chapter 8 Ethical Awareness and Socio-legal Research in the UK
Victoria Brooks, University of Westminster
Chapter 9 On objectivity and staying ‘native’: Researching LGBTQI+ lawyers as a queer lawyer
MarcMason, University of Westminster
Chapter 10 Impact, policy and public engagement
Kath Murray, University of Edinburgh
Disciplinary and theoretical relationships
Chapter 11 Law and sociology
Sharyn Roach Anleu & Kathy Mack, Flinders University, Australia
Chapter 12 Social psychology and law
Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, Washington University School of Law
Chapter 13 A socio-legal approach to law and economics
Richard Craven, University of Leicester
Chapter 14 Law and Anthropology
Kirsten McConnachie, University of East Anglia
Chapter 15 Doing "Law in/and Development": Theoretical, Methodological and Ethical Reflections
Jenny Lander, De Montford University
Chapter 16 Qualitative Data and the Challenges of Interpretation in Transitional Justice Research
Briony Jones, University of Warwick
Chapter 17 Reading law spatially
Antonia Layard, University of Bristol
Chapter 18 Legal Concepts in Flux: The Social Construction of Legal Meaning
Maayan Ravid & Alice Schneider, University of Oxford
Chapter 19 Feminist Approaches to Socio-Legal Studies
Rosemary Hunter, University of Kent
Chapter 20 Intersectionality as Theory and Method: Human Rights’ Policy and Adjudication
Charlotte Skeet, University of Sussex
Methodological choices
Chapter 21 Encountering the Archive: Researching Race, Racialisation and the Death Penalty in England and Wales, 1900-65
Lizzie Seal and Alexa Neale, University of Sussex
Chapter 22 Law, the Environment and Narrative Storytelling
Angus Nurse, Middlesex University
Chapter 23 Legal Aesthetics as Visual Method
Thomas Giddens, St Mary’s University, Twickenham
Chapter 24 A Content Analysis of Judicial Decision-Making
Richard Kirkham, University of Sheffield and Elizabeth A. O’Loughlin, City University of London
Chapter 25 Intellectual Property, Biotechnology and Process Tracing: Applying Political Research Methods to Legal Study
Benjamin Farrand, University of Warwick
Chapter 26 Experiments in Criminal Justice Contexts
Ben Bradford and Julia Jesberg, University College London
Chapter 27 Legal epidemiology, evidence-informed law and administrative data: new frontiers in the study of family justice
Matthew Jay, University College London
Chapter 28 Online hate speech
Nicole Stremlau University of Johannesburg & University of Oxford; Iginio Gagliardone, University of Oxford & University of Witwatersrand