Morales Legal Studies and Sociology 641 lecture outlines
Where we’ve been, where we’re going.
How is social order manifested in
societies around the world?
If we learn this we can learn how individual
behavior is linked to institutional ideas and we can see how law and legal
expectations create stability and conflict and we can discover how order is
created without law.
In the next four weeks you will learn about social order,
especially as manifested in property rights.
These four weeks will…describe
order, property in particular and explanations for how order/property is
established and changes in various empirical settings.
What about order?
Our minds impose order whether we like it or not.
Is a big party ordered or chaotic?
It partly depends on perspective.
Order and Change are basic facts of society, we behave according to the
role we play…
Order is an ongoing accomplishment, it is not something established once
and for all.
Stability and flexibility characterize order.
Order is found in face-to-face relationships, business relationships,
religion, international organizations, etc. etc.
Each changes, but
also incorporates stable expectations into interactions
Some thinkers about order include those we’ve discussed
Montesquieu recognized order varies from place to place
Hobbes, power produces order
Marx saw order as imposed by economic activities, social
order was subordinated to economic needs
Durkheim, shared norms
Mead, learn institutional rules by communication, vary
those rules according to interests.
Order and change.
Theory needs to understand order and change.
Order and property, where we’ve been, where we’re going.
manifested in societies around the world?
If we learn this we can learn how
individual behavior is linked to institutional ideas and we can see how law and
legal expectations create stability and conflict and we can discover how order
is created without law. Empirical problem of order in various societies,
property, title, in terms of housing or business, fleeting order of shoveling
snow or selling newspapers, more persistent, problem of stability and
Property, what is it?
Private and public