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Exploring the ‘Socio’ of Socio-Legal Studies

  • Dermot Feenan
  • Novel exploration of a core concern for sociolegal studies

  • Features contributions from highprofile academics

  • Broadranging: Critical theoretical, conceptual and methodological inquiries in the burgeoning field of sociolegal studies

  • Important insights for legal studies generally

  • Interdisciplinary: Contributors from diverse fields, including cultural studies, social policy, and legal studies

  • Reflections on the 'socio' which will have salience to other 'socio' fields, such as socioeconomic studies


Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Socio-Legal Studies book series (PSLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introductory Enquiries: Socio, Social … Other?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John Clarke
      Pages 37-57
  3. Historical and Theoretical Enquiries

  4. Place and Practice in the Constitution of the Social

  5. Thematic Variations on the Socio

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Rosemary Hunter
      Pages 205-227
    3. Sally R Munt
      Pages 228-250
    4. Sally Wheeler
      Pages 278-301
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 303-307

About this book


In this insightful and engaging collection, a broad range of scholars analyses a core issue for socio-legal studies – what is understood by the 'socio' of the socio-legal? Ranging from critical theoretical to conceptual and methodological perspectives, the essays provide an important stock-take and examination of the socio-legal field, offering key insights for legal studies generally and other fields more broadly where the 'socio' is found.

The collection draws from a diversity of fields, including legal theory, cultural studies and social policy. Moving from a broad analysis of the concept of the 'socio', the book proceeds through historical and theoretical analyses, addresses the role of place and practice in the constitution of the social, before finally examining, through a series of case studies, specific themes such as gender, sexuality and race.

Including both European and American authors, and representing vastly different research traditions, the collection's wide range of themes and topics provides a distinctive and important contribution to socio-legal studies


social legal studies Cultural Studies ethics gender law legal studies Nation Policy social policy social science Transnational

Editors and affiliations

  • Dermot Feenan
    • 1
  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of PortsmouthUK

About the editors

Dermot Feenan is a Research Fellow at the School of Law, University of Portsmouth, UK.

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"For those interested in understanding the study of socio and sociolegal studies and beyond, this book is invaluable." - Reviewed by Aaron R.S. Lorenz, Dean, School of Social Science and Human Services in Law and Society Review