Chapter 2 Sociological jurisprudence: tradition and prospects
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This chapter assesses current prospects for sociological jurisprudence, which it defines as an approach to jurisprudence that stands between - and has different aims from - both sociology of law and legal philosophy. However, sociological jurisprudence must be informed by these other scholarly fields. It serves practical juristic needs rather than the disciplinary ambitions of sociology or philosophy, but it necessarily relies heavily for its practical relevance on the insights of contemporary social science and on analysis of legal values. The chapter evaluates the legacy of previous scholarship in sociological jurisprudence, including the contributions of Selznick, Teubner and Northrop. In particular, it considers what remains of value and what should be discarded in Roscoe Pound’s sociological jurisprudence which has often, in the past, been seen as demarcating the field in the Anglo-American context.

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