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NCJ Number: 78053 Find in a Library
Title: Social System and Legal Process - Theory, Comparative Perspectives, and Special Studies
Editor(s): H M Johnson
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 364
Sponsoring Agency: Jossey-Bass Publishers
San Francisco, CA 94103-1741
Sale Source: Jossey-Bass Publishers
989 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-1741
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Thirteen contributors discuss the importance of law in complex societies, place many current biases regarding the law into perspective, and consider other issues relating to the social system and legal process.
Abstract: The presentations are divided into three major sections: theory, comparative perspectives, and special studies. The theory section discusses the social necessity of law, its functions, and its spheres of operation; debates the question of whether the law serves public or private interests; and criticizes contemporary and earlier theorists. The section on comparative perspectives considers aspects of the legal systems of several countries, including the United States, Canada, England, Germany, India, Japan, and the Soviet Union. Also addressed are such issues as the relation of the legal profession to government and private interests; the eventual separation of judicial decisions from political control; and the practices, attitudes, and laws regarding the right to counsel and admission of evidence. The special studies section deals primarily with United States issues, including such topics as the rationality and representativeness of legislatures, whether juries are instruments of justice or prejudice and conformity, how to control heroin, and the causes and prevention of juvenile delinquency. An index is provided, and notes and references accompany each presentation. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Attorneys; Canada; Crime control model; Cultural influences; Due process model; England; Germany; India; Japan; Judicial process; Jury decisionmaking; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Law enforcement; Right to counsel; Rules of evidence; Social control theory; Sociology; Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR); United States of America
Note: Jossey-Bass Social and Behavioral Science Series. This book was a special double issue of Sociological Quarterly, V 47, Nos. 3 and 4, 1977.
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