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Law in Our Lives

An Introduction

Third Edition

David O. Friedrichs

Publication Date - August 2011

ISBN: 9780199840748

480 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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A student-friendly introduction to law and society that provides an interdisciplinary look at the nature of law as a social institution


Combining detailed theoretical discussions with real-world examples, Law in Our Lives: An Introduction, Third Edition, presents a broad analysis of the nature of law in contemporary society. Author David O. Friedrichs employs an exceptionally lucid writing style that makes the complex subject matter as student friendly as possible. Numerous pedagogical features--including boldfaced key terms, discussion questions, and appendices on case briefing, law in films, and relevant websites--further enhance the text's accessibility.

Providing students with an interdisciplinary framework through which to understand law and society, Law in Our Lives, Third Edition, is ideal for courses that introduce law or address law and society.

New to this Edition

  • * Updated throughout with relevant scholarship and important news events including law in relation to recent environmental catastrophes, the socio-legal consequences of the 2008 presidential election, and the political/legal response to the financial crisis of 2008 and subsequent economic recession
  • * Addresses a wide range of new law-related developments including those relating to civil litigation, new technology infringing on citizens' privacy rights, health care reform, same-sex marriage, medical use of marijuana, and the current status of employee rights
  • * Discusses many new topics throughout: >> Current controversies over constitutional interpretation and judicial review >> Harvard Law School's new curriculum >> The marketplace for new lawyers in a tough economy >> The rapidly expanding impact of the internet and social media on law >> The impact of Google and Twitter on juries >> Neuroscience research and evolving views on criminal responsibility >> Foreign law referrals in American court opinions >> Law in the New China, and in Vietnam and Cambodia today >> Post-9/11 debates on Sharia'h law in Islamic countries >> The "cultural defense" in criminal cases >> The latest trends on declining support for legal services for the poor
  • * Includes a new section on the methodology of law and society research
  • * Presents completely new boxes on a diverse range of topics including: "Can Law Promote Happiness?"; "Texting and Sexting: New Legal Initiatives"; "The Virginia Tech Shooting Massacre and Privacy Law"; "The Jurisprudence of Harry Potter"; and "Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes"
  • * An Instructor's Resource CD containing an Instructor's Manual and a Test Bank (available to adopting instructors)

About the Author(s)

David O. Friedrichs is Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice and Distinguished University Fellow at The University of Scranton.

Previous Publication Date(s)

July 2005

Table of Contents

    About the Author
    1. Introduction
    2. Law: Its Meaning and Logic
    3. Law, Justice, and Moral Order
    4. Jurisprudence and the Study of Law
    5. The Law and Society Movement
    6. Comparative and Historical Perspectives on Law and Society
    7. The Legal Profession
    8. Legal Institutions and Processes: An Overview
    9. Legal Culture and Legal Behavior
    10. Law in Flux: Law and Social Change
    Appendix A:. Case Briefing: A Rudimentary Skill in Legal Analysis
    Appendix B:. Law in Our Lives: Films
    Appendix C:. Law in Our Lives on the Internet
    Name Index
    Subject Index

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