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Socio-Legal Theory

The field of socio-legal research has encountered three foundational challenges over the last three decades – it has been criticised for paying insufficient attention to legal doctrine, for failing to develop a sound theoretical foundation and for not keeping pace with the effects of the increasing globalisation and internationalisation of law, state and society. This project engages with these three challenges from a methodological standpoint. It addresses the first two challenges by examining how legal sociology has to conceptualised justice as a kind of social experience and how it has engaged theoretically with forms of normativity. It explores the third challenge, which was posed by the changing nature of society, by highlighting the move from the industrial relations of early modernity to the post-industrial conditions of late modernity dominated by information technology. It asks if socio-legal research has sufficiently reconsidered its theoretical premises regarding the relationship between law, state and society, to grasp the new social and cultural forms of organisation specific to the twenty-first century’s global societies.



Law, Community and the 2011 London Riots
Reza Banakar
& Lort Phillips, A., 2016 Dec, In : Scandinavian Studies in Law. 62, p. 79-100

Law, Policy and Social Control Amidst Flux
Reza Banakar
, 2016 Nov 15, Festskrift till Karsten Åström. Lund: Juristförlaget i Lund, p. 47 74 p. 3

Normativity in Legal Sociology: Methodological Reflections on Law and Regulation in Late Modernity
Reza Banakar
, 2014, Springer. 292 p. (Law)

Law and Social Theory
Reza Banakar
(ed.) & Travers, M. (ed.), 2013, Hart Publishing Ltd. 400 p.

Sociology of Law Department
Lund University
Visiting address: Allhelgona Kyrkogata 18 C, 3rd floor, 223 62 Lund, SWEDEN
Postal address: Box 42, 221 00 Lund, SWEDEN

Faculty of Social Sciences