Law and Society is written to be highly accessible to the average undergraduate student. This multidisciplinary text draws on the work of anthropologists, historians, law professors, political scientists, psychologists, and sociologists to clearly outline how law is an essential social institution that shapes society, while also being shaped by it.
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"Good coverage of theory, authoritative, covers many major issues."
Kenneth Mentor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
"It is comprehensive and well written. It is for students serious about learning the background of the law."
Becky da Cruz, Armstrong Atlantic University
"This text makes the field relevant to students."
Robert Koulish, Philadelphia University
Steven E. Barkan is Professor of sociology at the University of Maine, where he has taught since 1979. His teaching and research interests include criminology, sociology of law, and social movements. He is the 2008-2009 president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and had previously served as a member of the SSSP Board of Directors, as chair of its Law and Society Division and Editorial and Publications Committee, and as an advisory editor of its journal,Social Problems. He has served on the student paper award committees of the Crime, Law, and Deviance and Sociology of Law sections of the American Sociological Association. Professor Barkan has written many journal articles dealing with topics such as racial prejudice and death penalty attitudes, views on police brutality, political trials, and feminist activism. These articles have appeared in the American Sociological Review, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Crime and Justice, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, Social Forces, Social Problems, Sociological Forum, Sociological Inquiry, and other journals. For Prentice Hall, he is the author of Criminology: A Sociological Understanding, 4/e and of Law and Society: An Introduction (both coming out in early 2008).
Professor Barkan welcomes comments from students and faculty about these books. They may email him at email@example.com or send regular mail to: Department of Sociology, 5728 Fernald Hall, University of Maine, Orono, Maine 04469â€”5728.
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