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Bibliographie, lectures recommandées
Far from being an autonomous and neutral sphere, law is a social activity connected with many different actors and institutions. Based on insights from the sociology of law and the law and society traditions, our course examines the interplay between the formal legal sphere and society at large. We will show that legal outcomes are shaped by political struggles, professions, or the interests of large organizations. Conversely, legal phenomena are crucial in explaining various social dynamics such as gender relations, globalization, or social movements. While some sessions will cover broad theoretical or methodological issues, most of them will explore the relation between law and one specific social field. To foster a critical examination of legal action and legal institutions, we combine discussions of major scholarly contributions and the examination of rich empirical material such as visual artifacts, archives, or ethnographic data drawn from our own research.
1/ Introduction (6 January) [TA]
Mandatory reading Friedman L. M., 2005, “Coming of Age: Law and Society Enters an Exclusive Club”, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 1, n°1, p. 1-16.
Friedman L. M., 1986, “The Law & Society Movement”, Stanford Law Review, 38, n° 3, p. 763-780. Garth B., Sterling J., 1998, “From Legal Realism to Law and Society: Reshaping Law for the Last Stages of the Activist State”, Law & Society Review, 32, n° 2, p. 409-472.
2/ Law and the Rise of Industrial Society (13 January) [SB]
Durkheim, Emile (1997), The Division of Labour in Society, The Free Press, 50-52, 68-70 Weber, Max (1978), Economy and society, University of California at Berkeley Press, 882-886
Marx, Karl (1842), “Debates on the Law on Thefts of Wood” Erikson, Kai. 1966, “The Witches of Salem Village,” in Wayward Puritans, New York, John Wiley and Sons, pp. 137–159. 3/ Social norms/Legal norms (20 January) [GM] Mandatory reading Becker Howard Saul, Chapter « Rules and their enforcement » in Outsiders. Studies in Sociology of Deviance, The free Press of Glencoe, 1963, p.121-146. Further reading Malinowski, Bronislaw, 1947 . Crime and Custom in Savage Society. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. 4/ Legal Consciousness (27 January) [TA] /!\ MCQ n°1 Mandatory reading Ewick P., Silbey S., 1998, The Common Place of Law: Stories From Everyday Life, Chicago, University of Chicago Press. Excerpts p. 15-23 and 33-49. Further reading Cornut St-Pierre P., 2019, “Investigating Legal Consciousness through the Technical Work of Elite Lawyers: A Case Study on Tax Avoidance”, Law & Society Review, 53, n° 2, p. 323-352. Felstiner W. L. F., Abel R. L., Sarat A., 1980-1981, “The Emergence and Transformation of Disputes: Naming, Blaming, Claiming”, Law & Society Review, 15, n° 3-4, p. 631-654.