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Cambridge studies in law and society.
A central theme of law and society is that people's ideas about law and the decisions they make to mobilize law are shaped by community norms and cultural context. But this was not always an established concept. Among the first empirical pieces to articulate this theory was David Engel's 1984 article, 'The Oven Bird's Song: Insiders, Outsiders, and Personal Injuries in an American Community'. Over thirty years later, this article is now widely considered to be part of the law and society canon. This book argues that Engel's article succeeds so brilliantly because it integrates a wide variety of issues, such as cultural transformation, attitudes about law, dispute processing, legal consciousness, rights mobilization, inclusion and exclusion, and inequality. Contributors to this volume explore the influence of Engel's important work, engaging with the possibilities in its challenging hypotheses and provocative omissions related to the legal system and legal process, class conflict and difference, and law in other cultures.
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Formatted Contents Note
Revisiting The Oven Bird's Song / Mary Nell Trautner The Oven Bird's Song : insiders, outsiders, and personal injuries in an American community / David M. Engel [reprint] Emulating Sherlock Holmes : the dog that didn't bark, the victim who didn't sue, and other contradictions of the "hyper-litigious" society / Barbara Yngvesson Karl's law school, or The Oven Bird in Bbuffalo / Alfred S. Konefsky Challenging legal consciousness : practice, institutions, and varieties of resistance / Anna-Maria Marshall Client selection : how lawyers reflect and influence community values / Lynn Mather Do jurors hear The Oven Bird's Song? / Valerie P. Hans Having a right but using it too : "The Oven Bird's Song" about contracts / Stewart Macaulay Indigenous litigiousness : The Oven Bird's Song and the miner's canary / Eve Darian-Smith Listening for the songs of others : insiders, outsiders, and the legal marginalization of the working underclass in America / Michael McCann Racing the oven bird : criminalization, rightlessness, and the politics of immigration / Jamie Longazel Irresponsible matter : sublunar dreams of injury and identity / Anne Bloom Student perceptions of (their) place in relationship to "The Oven Bird's Song" / Renee Ann Cramer The songs of other birds / Anya Bernstein Imagined community and litigation behavior : the meaning of automobile compensation lawsuits in japan / Yoshitaka Wada Can "the oven bird" migrate north of the border? / Annie Bunting Looking backward, looking forward : past and future lives of "The Oven Bird's Song" / David M. Engel.