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Published: 14 October 1993

192 Pages | 3 illus.

5-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches

ISBN: 9780195085587

Bookseller Code (04)

Sociological Justice

Donald Black

In Sociological Justice, eminent legal sociologist Donald Black challenges the conventional notion that law is primarily an affair of rules and that discrimination is an aberration. Law, he contends, is a social process in which bias is inherent. Black goes well beyond citing documented instances of racial discrimination to show how social status (regardless of race), the relationship of the parties to the crime, their manner of speech, and numerous other factors all greatly influence whether a complaint will be filed in court and what the ultimate outcome of the complaint will be. Moreover, he extends his analysis to include the social characteristics not only of the litigants, but also of the lawyers, the jurors, and the judge. Sociological Justice introduces a new field of legal scholarship: the sociology of the case. A major contribution to the field, it is essential reading for anyone interested in justice in modern society.

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