Sociology Of Law

984 Words4 Pages
is not like jurisprudence. Sociology of law requires an understanding of the system of law no doubt. But it is still wider in scope. It seeks "perceive the relationship of systems of law to other social sub systems like economy, the nature and distribution of authority, and the structure of family and kinship relationships"[ J.A. Trevino, The Socilogy of Law: Classical and Contemporary Perspective (4th ed.). U.S.A, U.K: Transaction Publishers, 2010]. In Britain, some social anthropologists have examined the systems of law and courts in relatively simple societies and tried to determine their relationships to other aspects of social system. Roots of the sociology of law can be traced back to the works of sociologists and jurists of the turn…show more content…
In order to explain the theory better, there is a need to define the terms of the theory for better comprehension. What is Sociology? The concept of sociology can be defined as the study of the human society, the organization of social groups, the social interaction of people and the meaning that people give to their social reality. Put differently, sociology is an “intellectual craft” a way of looking at all things social[ C. Mills , 26]. Because of the broad inclusiveness of its subject matter, sociology must consult other knowledge fields such as philosophy, history, political science, anthropology, economics and law. A wide array of topics are of interest to the sociologist. These topics include deviant behaviour, the influence of health and illness on society, education, the urban environment, the family, the family religion, race and ethnic relations, the influence of politics on society, work and occupations, military life and law. Consequently, sociology consist of many specialties or sub fields such as the sociology of deviance, medical sociology, the sociology of education, urban sociology, the sociology of the family. The sociology of the race and ethnic relations, political sociology, the sociology of work and occupations, military sociology and…show more content…
Trevino, ]. Over two hundred years later no conclusive definition of the concept existed. Numerous scholars have attempted to define the concept of law. For example, U.S. Supreme Court justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes described it as “the principles of what the court will do in fact”[P. Kastellea, The Statistical Analysis of Judicial Decisions and Legal Rules with Classification Trees, Journal of Emirical Legal Studies, vol. 7, issue 2, 2010, 204.]. Also another justice, Benjamin N Cardozo defined law as a “principle or role of conduct so established as to justify a prediction with reasonable certainty that it will be enforced by the courts if its authority is challenged[ E. Meiners, The Legal Environment of Business (12 ed.) Arlington: Cengage Learning, 2014]. Legal philosopher Hamann kantorowicz characterized law very broadly as “a body of social rules prescribing external conduct and considered justiciable”[ J. Trevino, The Sociology of Law: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives (2 ed.). New Brunswick and New Jersey: Transaction Publisher, 2001]. Anthropologist such ads Bronislaw Malinowski has also tried defining the law concept. According to Malinowski “law is the specific result of the configuration of obligations which makes it impossible for the native to shirk his responsibilities without suffering for it in

More about Sociology Of Law

Open Document