In this insightful and engaging collection, a broad range of scholars analyses a core issue for socio-legal studies - what is understood by the 'socio' of the socio-legal? Ranging from critical theoretical to conceptual and methodological perspectives, the essays provide an important stock-take and examination of the socio-legal field, offering key insights for legal studies generally and other fields more broadly where the 'socio' is found. The collection draws from a diversity of fields, including legal theory, cultural studies and social policy. Moving from a broad analysis of the concept of the 'socio', the book proceeds through historical and theoretical analyses, addresses the role of place and practice in the constitution of the social, before finally examining, through a series of case studies, specific themes such as gender, sexuality and race. Including both European and American authors, and representing vastly different research traditions, the collection's wide range of themes and topics provides a distinctive and important contribution to socio-legal studies.
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1. Exploring the 'Socio' of Socio-Legal Studies; Dermot Feenan 2. What Makes a Social Science of Law? Doubling the Social in Socio-Legal Studies; Susan S. Silbey 3. The Contested Social; John Clarke 4. Law, Ethics and Socio-history: The Case of Freedom; Alan Norrie 5. De Lege Ferenda: What is the 'Socio' of Legal Reasoning?; Panu Minkkinen 6. Reimagining the Humanities: Socio-Legal Scholarship in an Age of Disenhancement; Julia J.A. Shaw 7. Transnational Legal Processes and the (Re)construction of the 'Social: The Case of Human Trafficking; David Nelken 8. Addressing a 'Globalised Social': Mobilization of Law in Global Networks with Reference to Biofuel Production in Indonesia; Jacqueline Vel and Adriaan Bedner 9. Social Practice and Socio-Legal Studies; Hilary Sommerlad 10. The Gendered 'Socio' of Socio-Legal Studies; Rosemary Hunter 11. Queer Sociality; Sally R. Munt 12. Bringing Society to Law: A Critically Raced Accounting; Francisco Valdes 13. From Responsible Saver to Stewarded Investor?; Sally Wheeler.
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