Studying Legal Socialization



Chapter 1 sets forth some issues underlying the study of legal socialization and defines the specific questions to be addressed. The questions include the normative implications of legal socialization, the relative influence of internal and external factors in the learning process, the relationship between reasoning and behavior, the role of attitudes as mediators between reasoning and behaviors, and the relationship between legal reasoning and legal culture. We end the chapter with a brief delineation of the scope of the study, including the two leading theories and their operationalization and a description of the empirical setting.


Cognitive Structure Social Learning Theory Legal Reasoning Legal Culture Normative Implication 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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