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Law as a Social Trap

Problems and Possibilities for the Future
  • Dean E. Peachey
  • Melvin J. Lerner
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)

Abstract

When we think about the law, we are faced with a curious set of contrasts. We have come to rely heavily on the legal structures in our everyday lives. Ideally, the law guarantees a wide array of personal and civil liberties. It ensures education for our children, provides a structure for our business transactions, and serves to curb the power and ambitions of our governments. In addition, the law prescribes what is right and good in our society, and it offers sanctions for those who would trangress those values and pose a threat to us or our security. Of course, we recognize that the law is not perfect and that courts sometimes make mistakes, but few of us would dispute the claim that, all things considered, our system of law and justice is a relatively good one and that “if the law were abolished today, it would have to be reinvented tomorrow.”

Keywords

Legal System Crime Rate Dispute Settlement Legal Institution Legal Service 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dean E. Peachey
    • 1
  • Melvin J. Lerner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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