A Holistic Vision of the Socio-Legal Terrain
Brian Z. Tamanaha
Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law
August, 14 2008
Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems, 2008
This brief essay articulates a thoroughly social perspective on law and legal institutions, a perspective reconstructed from the work of Marc Galanter. It shows how the place of law in society can be understood by attention to two hemispheres - the official legal system and the realm of social ordering - and their interpenetration and interaction. It lays out several core themes in socio-legal studies going back several decades, noting Galanter's seminal theoretical contributions, and argues that these themes remain central to an understanding of law and society.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 15
Date posted: August 19, 2008