Vago, Steven Law and Society

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Law and Society 9th edition  provides an informative, balanced and comprehensive analysis of the interplay between law and society. This text presents an overview of the most advanced interdisciplinary and international research, theoretical advances, ongoing debates and controversies. It raises new levels of awareness on the structure and functions of law and legal systems and the principal players in the legal arena and their impact on our lives.

 

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“The organization is phenomenal.”

-Robert Gainor, Esq. , Granite State College

 

 

“This book wins out over the competition because of its scope and thorough and accurate treatment of topics and ideas.”

-Carol Thompson, Texas Christian University

 

“The textbook is quite appropriate for undergraduates and for one semester courses…the language is clear and simple; examples are numerous, classical and current; and the topics are well organized in sequence and content.”

-Gloria Lessan, Florida State University

 

“This is one of the great joys of this book. It is so well and clearly written that it could be used in High school, college or law school. It is not overly pedantic or highfalutin. Some of the texts that I have reviewed for this course are too academic and you have to be conversant in their ‘language’ to understand it. Not so with this great text. This book is very readable and my students have commented on this point. It is very informative and to the point. One problem with these types of texts is that they are overly theoretical; not so with this text. This book could almost be a practitioner’s guide. What I mean by that is that I have over 15 years experience as an administrative law judge, law clerk and prosecutor and this book reflects the reality out there.”

-Robert Gainor, Esq. , Granite State College

 

“The approach and perspectives presented in the text work well across different teaching approaches-I have experimented with different ways of teaching the class- discussion based, lecture based, and combo. The text works well for all of the forms.”

-Carol Thompson, Texas Christian University

 

 

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Dr. Steven Vago was born in Debrecen, Hungary in 1937. He was a brilliant student and athlete, and at the age of only 19, he became one of the legendary Hungarian Freedom Fighters during the 1956 uprising and revolution. He escaped to Austria just prior to the closing of the border between Hungary and Austria by the Soviet Army. He made his way across Europe and eventually to the United States. Vago matriculated from the University of Alabama where he received his B. A. in Sociology. Upon graduation, Vago furthered his graduate education at Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned two Ph. Ds: one in Sociology and one in Anthropology. During graduate school he was an integral part of the creation of an alcohol treatment program at Malcolm Bliss Hospital in St. Louis. Steven became part of the Department of Sociology at St. Louis University after finishing his graduate studies, and was a full professor there by the age of 37. Thereafter, he chaired the Department of Sociology several times, teaching at St. Louis University for over 30 years. During the 1970's, Steve was asked by the United Nations to work for its member agency UNESCO, and worked in Paris for several years in their Office of Population and Demography. During the years of Steve's involvement in the field of Sociology, he was frequently asked, by universities throughout the United States and Canada, to participate in a variety of discussions addressing the legal and social changes occurring in the former Soviet Union and its Eastern European satellites. In 1975, he met and married Kathe Hartley, a St. Louis on-air reporter working for the CBS-owned KMOX Radio in St. Louis. At the end of his teaching career in 2001, Steven and Kathe retired to Bellingham, Washington. Vago passed away in 2010, at the age of 73.

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