Law in a New Key

Essays on Law and Society

Author: Amitai Etzioni

Publisher: Quid Pro Books

ISBN: 1610270428

Category: Political Science

Page: 252

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A book for thoughtful readers--and not particularly lawyers or scholars of law and society--who are engaged in the issues of the day and want something other than "easy" answers from the right and left. Most issues of law and social policy can be understood better through a lens that balances rights and interests--and protects all of us while protecting each of us--says renowned communitarian sociologist Amitai Etzioni in his latest of 30 books. In Law in a New Key, Etzioni addresses hot-bed issues of terrorism, drone warfare, airport security and scanners, government surveillance, norms of social disapproval and forgiveness, human rights, and respect for ethnic cultural differences. He shares his perspective as one who has fought in a resistance, and then later became a professor at Columbia University and The George Washington University. The perspective and his decades of academic research persuaded him that the answer to thorny legal and policy issues is found neither in unyielding devotion to individual rights at all costs nor in reflexive empowerment of the state in times of crisis and pain. The answer is in moral dialogs, respect for the basic right to life and security, responsible checks on power, and a balancing of interests that all must be seen as legitimate in a world of pundits and partisans who favor one right. What good is the right to privacy if the basic right to live is sacrificed as the right-holder is blown out of the sky? If new technologies make it possible to conduct terrorism and crime without the law catching up to them? What happens when respect for one religious position means choosing among religious positions? A collection of 15 trenchant essays drawn from the popular press and academic journals, yet accessible to a spectrum of readers who care about the key issues of the day and see the complexity in them, Law in a New Key takes a fresh look at so many important topics that need examination through a community-concerned lens. The frame gives contours and substance to today's debates without offering the usual entrenched policy solutions of kneejerk partisans. Etzioni asks such questions frankly, and on a variety of topics that matter. Rights carry responsibilities, and freedom and human rights must put living first--in a world that does not always concede that self-evident proposition. It is book about law and society whose time has come. For many readers the social and legal notes he plays will finally sound in their register.

The Tapestry of the Law

Scotland, Legal Culture and Legal Theory

Author: E. Attwooll

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780792343103

Category: History

Page: 256

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The Tapestry of the Law brings together a study of a particular legal system - that of Scotland - with a number of (mainly contemporary) theories of or about law. Rather than endorsing any one legal theory, it ends with some tentative conclusions about legal theory itself. It is written for all those interested in the law, whether in the academic context, as practitioners of law or politics, or from the lay point of view, but primarily with students in mind. At this level, chapters II to VI provide an information base for those embarking on courses in comparative law or politics, whilst the whole, and especially the later chapters, will offer most to those who already have some grounding in the issues with which jurisprudence is concerned.

Hindu Divorce

A Legal Anthropology

Author: Dr Livia Holden

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409496287

Category: Law

Page: 280

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This comparative study investigates the place of Hindu divorce in the Indian legal system and considers whether it offers a way out of a matrimonial crisis situation for women. Using the narratives of the social actors involved, it poses questions about the relationship between traditional jurisdictions located in rural areas and the larger legal culture of towns and cities in India, and also in the UK and USA. The multidisciplinary approach draws on research from the social sciences, feminist and legal studies and will be of interest to students and scholars of law, anthropology and sociology.

Social Information Technology: Connecting Society and Cultural Issues

Connecting Society and Cultural Issues

Author: Kidd, Terry T.

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781599047768

Category: Computers

Page: 496

View: 313


"This book provides a source for definitions, antecedents, and consequences of social informatics and the cultural aspect of technology. It addresses cultural/societal issues in social informatics technology and society, the Digital Divide, government and technology law, information security and privacy, cyber ethics, technology ethics, and the future of social informatics and technology"--Provided by publisher.

Law and Economics

Toward Social Justice

Author: Dana Gold

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1848553358

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

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Explores the relationship between law and economics principles and the promotion of social justice. This title includes chapters that invoke the lens of corporate law theory or the corporate context as part of their analysis of the intersection of economics and social justice.

Law and Community in Three American Towns

Author: Carol J. Greenhouse,Barbara Yngvesson,David M. Engel

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801481697

Category: Law

Page: 228

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Carol J. Greenhouse, Barbara Yngvesson, and David M. Engel analyze attitudes toward the law as a way of commentating on major American myths and ongoing changes in American society.

Law and Order

Street Crime, Civil Unrest, and the Crisis of Liberalism in the 1960s

Author: Michael W. Flamm

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231509723

Category: History

Page: 312

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Law and Order offers a valuable new study of the political and social history of the 1960s. It presents a sophisticated account of how the issues of street crime and civil unrest enhanced the popularity of conservatives, eroded the credibility of liberals, and transformed the landscape of American politics. Ultimately, the legacy of law and order was a political world in which the grand ambitions of the Great Society gave way to grim expectations. In the mid-1960s, amid a pervasive sense that American society was coming apart at the seams, a new issue known as law and order emerged at the forefront of national politics. First introduced by Barry Goldwater in his ill-fated run for president in 1964, it eventually punished Lyndon Johnson and the Democrats and propelled Richard Nixon and the Republicans to the White House in 1968. In this thought-provoking study, Michael Flamm examines how conservatives successfully blamed liberals for the rapid rise in street crime and then skillfully used law and order to link the understandable fears of white voters to growing unease about changing moral values, the civil rights movement, urban disorder, and antiwar protests. Flamm documents how conservatives constructed a persuasive message that argued that the civil rights movement had contributed to racial unrest and the Great Society had rewarded rather than punished the perpetrators of violence. The president should, conservatives also contended, promote respect for law and order and contempt for those who violated it, regardless of cause. Liberals, Flamm argues, were by contrast unable to craft a compelling message for anxious voters. Instead, liberals either ignored the crime crisis, claimed that law and order was a racist ruse, or maintained that social programs would solve the "root causes" of civil disorder, which by 1968 seemed increasingly unlikely and contributed to a loss of faith in the ability of the government to do what it was above all sworn to do-protect personal security and private property.

Litigation and Inequality

Federal Diversity Jurisdiction in Industrial America, 1870-1958

Author: Edward A. Purcell Jr.

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195360905

Category: Law

Page: 464

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Through the prism of litigation practice and tactics, Purcell explores the dynamic relationship between legal and social change. He studies changing litigation patterns in suits between individuals and national corporations over tort claims for personal injuries and contract claims for insurance benefits. Purcell refines the "progressive" claim that the federal courts favored business enterprise during this time, identifying specific manners and times in which the federal courts reached decisions both in favor of and against national corporations. He also identifies 1892-1908 as a critical period in the evolution of the twentieth century federal judicial system.