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Societal Agents in Law

A Macrosociological Approach


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Larry D. Barnett
    Pages 1-78
  3. Larry D. Barnett
    Pages 79-141
  4. Larry D. Barnett
    Pages 143-159
  5. Larry D. Barnett
    Pages 161-194
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 195-200

About this book


In this two-volume set, Larry D. Barnett delves into the macrosociological sources of law concerned with society-important social activities in a structurally complex, democratically governed nation. Barnett explores why, when, and where particular proscriptions and prescriptions of law on key social activities arise, persist, and change.

The first volume, Societal Agents in Law: A Macrosociological Approach, puts relevant doctrines of law into a macrosociological framework, uses the findings of quantitative research to formulate theorems that identify the impact of several society-level agents on doctrines of law, and takes the reader through a number of case analyses. The second volume, Societal Agents in Law: Quantitative Research, reports original multivariate statistical studies of sociological determinants of law on specific types of key social activities.

Taken together, the two volumes offer an alternative to the almost-total monopoly of theory and descriptive scholarship in the macrosociology of law, comparative law, and history of law, and underscore the value of a mixed empirical/theoretical approach.


rule of law law and behavior concordance of law social activities social life and culture teachings of morality jurisprudence comparative law history of law

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Widener University Delaware Law SchoolWilmington, DEUSA

About the authors

Larry D. Barnett is a lawyer (J.D., University of Florida) and a sociologist (Ph.D., Florida State University).  His previous books on the macrosociology of law include Explaining Law: Macrosociological Theory and Empirical Evidence (2015); The Place of Law: The Role and Limits of Law in Society (2011); and Legal Construct, Social Concept: A Macrosociological Perspective on Law (1993).

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