Academic journal article Law & Society Review

From the Review Editor

Academic journal article Law & Society Review

From the Review Editor

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As I near the end of my term as Review Essay Editor, it seems an appropriate juncture to publicize in some detail the ways in which review essays emerge into the pages of Law & Society Review. I see the work of review essays in this journal as twofold. First, they offer to our readers an overview and analysis of questions and concepts significant to a variety of subfields and modes of inquiry in sociolegal studies. Second, they expose our readers to new and major texts in the field. In emphasizing those two goals, I imagine our book review section not to provide a comprehensive overview of all relevant new work, but rather to offer critical engagement with major and emerging ideas of potential importance to the field. This selective approach has a cost: we cannot even begin to give proper notice to the large number of excellent sociolegal books published in any given year. We hope that the quality and depth of the reviews we do offer our readers in the end compensate for the lack of a broad-brush, list-oriented approach to book reviews adopted by some other journals.

As a general matter, I obtain these in-depth review essays in two ways. Most commonly, I commission essays on particular subjects or books from scholars whose expertise intersects in what I hope will be exciting and insightful ways with the particular subjects of the imagined review. …

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