Case-Specific Sociological Inference: Meta-Norms for Expert Opinions

Sociological Methods and Research, Forthcoming

Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2011-22

17 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2011 Last revised: 5 Sep 2011

Gregory Mitchell

University of Virginia School of Law

John Monahan

University of Virginia School of Law

Laurens Walker

University of Virginia School of Law

Date Written: August 1, 2011

Abstract

This essay responds to comments on our earlier paper discussing the American Sociological Association’s amicus brief in the Wal-Mart v. Dukes case. We identify areas of agreement and disagreement with the commentators and close with proposed meta-norms that should govern experts who seek to apply social science research to the facts of a particular case.

Keywords: Sociology, meta-norms, social science, Wal-Mart

Suggested Citation

Mitchell, Gregory and Monahan, John and Walker, Laurens, Case-Specific Sociological Inference: Meta-Norms for Expert Opinions (August 1, 2011). Sociological Methods and Research, Forthcoming; Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2011-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1920913

Gregory Mitchell

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John Monahan (Contact Author)

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Laurens Walker

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