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Research Methods: Through the Lens of Legal Consciousness

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

Abstract

This chapter discusses the methodological approach of this study. Starting in the 1980s, legal consciousness research focused on four components: more emphasis on the role of law in society; more emphasis on the role of ordinary people; the advancement of ‘critical empiricism’; and a shift in focus from measurable behaviour to meanings and interpretations. This (critical) framework is modified and replaced by an alternative approach, which is characterized by: the focus on law as both an independent and a dependent variable; the focus on both the haves and the have-nots; the emphasis on research participants’ views and voices; and the use of mixed methods. In Part II, this (secular) approach will be applied to examine the process of legal alienation in three case studies.

Keywords

Methodology Legal consciousness research Mixed methods 

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  1. 1.Socio-Legal Studies, Faculty of LawUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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