Law & Society Review

Law & Society Review is a magazine focusing on Law

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 1, 2000

After the "Social Meaning Turn": Implications for Research Design and Methods of Proof in Contemporary Criminal Law Policy Analysis
The social norm movement in criminal justice has received a lot of attention in academic and public policy circles. This essay critically examines social norm writings and explores some of the implications for methods of proof and research design in...
Consensus and Suspicion: Judicial Reasoning and Social Change in an Indonesian Society 1960-1994
I draw on the archives from two Indonesian courts to analyze how judges have reached decisions in the face of conflicting legal norms. Judges in the town of Takengen, in the highlands of Aceh province, hear claims based on Islam and on local social norms...
Racialized Policing: Residents' Perceptions in Three Neighborhoods
One of the most controversial issues in policing concerns allegations of racial bias. This article examines citizens' perceptions of racialized policing in three neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., that vary by racial composition and class position: a...
Social Norms: Internalization, Persuasion, and History
At issue in the debate over social norms are different conceptions of human nature and the social order, of the ways people behave, and of the ways the law can both modify and be modified by social conduct. Three interpretive frameworks to the discussion...
Violence and the Politics of Law and Order
Crime Is Not the Problem makes a case for prioritizing violence reduction as a separate and distinct problem from crime more generally. Zimring and Hawkins persuasively argue that we live with distinctively high levels of lethal violence, within a high--...
Who Is the Guilty Party? Rights, Motherhood, and the Problem of Prenatal Drug Exposure
Laura Gomez, Misconceiving Mothers: Legislators, Prosecutors, and the Politics of Prenatal Drug Exposure. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1997. Pp. x+256. $59.95 cloth; $19.95 paper. Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction,...
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