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A sociology of Legal Distinctions: Introducing contemporary interpretations of classic socio-legal concepts

Priban, Jiri 2017. A sociology of Legal Distinctions: Introducing contemporary interpretations of classic socio-legal concepts. Journal of Law and Society 44 (S1) , pp. 1-18.

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Abstract

I briefly comment on the current state of socio-legal studies and sociology of law and reasons leading to this collection of essays. I subsequently focus on some general problems which constantly recur in different socio-legal contexts, especially on the sociological critique of legal formalism and the closely related distinctions between internal and external perspectives of law and legal facts and values. Discussing these classic distinctions, I argue that they are an intrinsic part of both legal and sociological interpretations of positive law. Sociology of law, therefore, cannot resolve theoretical and methodological dilemmas associated with them, yet it can rethink and reformulate them to better understand its own position as a social science of positive law in contemporary society.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0263-323X
Date of Acceptance: 1 September 2017
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2018 11:54
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/108315

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