The Role of Social Science in Law

by Professor Elizabeth Mertz

Part of the The International Library of Essays in Law and Society Series

The Role of Social Science in Law Synopsis

The legal system relies on social science for answers to many tough questions. Social scientists study issues relevant to law. But are law and social science talking past one another? This collection of important articles and essays explores the difficult process of translation between these two fields, drawing on three different scholarly perspectives - the 'insider' approach which views social science as a tool that lawyers can use for legal ends, the 'outsider' approach of the law and society or sociology of law movement, and the study of the language of law. Each section of the volume combines theoretical articles with specific empirical examples, ranging from the death penalty through anti-discrimination law to family violence.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780754626015
Publication date: 7th March 2008
Author: Professor Elizabeth Mertz
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 648 pages
Categories: Law & society, Social theory,

About Professor Elizabeth Mertz

Elizabeth Mertz is Professor at the University of Wisconsin, USA and is Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, USA.

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