Law and Society in Brazil at the Crossroads: A Review

Posted: 5 Nov 2014

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José Reinaldo Lopes

University of Sao Paulo - Faculdade de Direito

Roberto Freitas Filho

Centro Universitário de Brasília (UniCEUB)

Date Written: November 2014

Abstract

This article presents a general overview of Brazilian sociolegal studies. After presenting a short historical narrative of the field in Brazil, we argue that the early years of intense teaching of legal sociology had a politically committed approach, which gave rise to growing criticism of Brazilian legal scholarship that in turn affected the self-image of law professors. Different theoretical strands appeared in the years that followed, and some specific fields of research gained importance, particularly those concerning a sociology of the legal profession, the administration of courts, and law schools. However, we contend that as time went by, many sociolegal scholars began to neglect the critical approach to law, and today most of them fail to confront critical aspects of the gap between law on the books and law in action, especially when that gap affects lower classes or stigmatized populations.

Suggested Citation

Lopes, José Reinaldo and Filho, Roberto Freitas, Law and Society in Brazil at the Crossroads: A Review (November 2014). Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 10, pp. 91-103, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2519026 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-lawsocsci-110413-030625

José Reinaldo Lopes (Contact Author)

University of Sao Paulo - Faculdade de Direito ( email )

Largo São Francisco, 95 Prédio Anexo
São Paulo, São Paulo 01005-010
Brazil

Roberto Freitas Filho

Centro Universitário de Brasília (UniCEUB) ( email )

SEPN 707/909 - Campus UniCEUB
Asa Norte
Brasilia, DF 70790-075
Brazil

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