Ch3 PP1 Using Social Science to Understand Law (Law in Society & Social Science) (3.27.08)

Ch3 PP1 Using Social Science to Understand Law (Law in Society & Social Science) (3.27.08)

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PP1: Law in Society and Social Science PP1: Law in Society and Social Science Chapter 3: Using Social Science to Understand Law
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Law and Society E.g., To understand the written (black letter) law Law can be viewed as independent independent of society and culture (e.g., the position of some lawyers) Viewing law as separate separate from society may be useful for some purposes: E.g., To support the advancement of the legal profession
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Analogy From Language Analogy From Language Language provides a good analogy to the Language provides a good analogy to the Law Law in in Society Society perspective perspective
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Analogy From Language Analogy From Language Language can be viewed as independent of society and culture
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Analogy From Language Analogy From Language Language also can be viewed as a variable that Language also can be viewed as a variable that interacts interacts with other societal variables with other societal variables
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Analogy From Language Analogy From Language Similarly, LAW can be viewed as independent of society or as interacting with it
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Thus, law can be viewed as a variable that  interacts with other variables (e.g., the  social context, the broader culture) Law  in  Society This view  suggests that  law is a part  of the society  in which it  operates Law Social Context Culture
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So how does this interaction between Law and  Society occur? E.g., Law can bring  about social change E.g., Law can help to  change attitudes Signing of the Civil  Rights Act of 1964
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So how can Society affect the Law? Changes in law can come about because of: E.g., Opposition to social inequality E.g., Changes in attitudes, expectations, and values E.g., Needs and goals of groups of people and organizations
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Law  Law  and and  Society versus Law   Society versus Law  in in     Society  Society  Yield Very Different Perspectives on  Yield Very Different Perspectives on  The Law The Law In Society And Society
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Consider the impeachment trial of  Consider the impeachment trial of  President Clinton from the two  President Clinton from the two  perspectives perspectives
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Law  Law  and and  Society:  Focuses on what the U.S.   Society:  Focuses on what the U.S.  Constitution specifies regarding impeachment Constitution specifies regarding impeachment
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Law  Law  in in  Society:  Focuses on the social and cultural   Society:  Focuses on the social and cultural  processes that affect the impeachment process and decision processes that affect the impeachment process and decision
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Both Perspectives are  Both Perspectives are  Important Important We need the  We need the  Law  Law  and and  Society   Society  approach to understand law  approach to understand law  as a formal self governing  as a formal self governing 
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course PSYC 277 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '07 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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Ch3 PP1 Using Social Science to Understand Law (Law in Society & Social Science) (3.27.08)

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