A Holistic Vision of the Socio-Legal Terrain

Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems, 2008

15 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2008  

Brian Z. Tamanaha

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Date Written: August, 14 2008

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Tamanaha, Brian Z., A Holistic Vision of the Socio-Legal Terrain (August, 14 2008). Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1226049

Brian Z. Tamanaha (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

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