Legal theory and social theory

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While social theory and legal theory were once closely intertwined, contemporary American sociology pays scant attention to recent developments in legal theory. But the problems that legal theory currently wrestles with are very similar to those with which sociology is now centrally concerned. This essay reviews major schools of thought in contemporary legal theory to introduce sociologists to some potentially useful literatures on the meaning of rationality; on critical theory; on the importance of gender, race, and class in understanding social institutions; on the interpretive turn; on the relationship between structure and agency; and on the revival of pragmatism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLegal Theory and the Social Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationVolume II
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781351560474
ISBN (Print)9780754628897
StatePublished - Jul 5 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


  • Critical theory
  • Feminist theory
  • Jurisprudence
  • Literary theory
  • Race and ethnic relations
  • Rational choice theory
  • Social theory
  • Sociology of law


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