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Created: June 6, 2001
Latest update: October 17, 2001

Sociology of Law Readings
Week of October 15, 2001: Week 8

  • Online Readings:

  • Hardcopy Readings:

      Social Justice, Criminal Justice, ed. by Bruce Arrigo:

    • "Thinking Globally, Acting Locally." pp. 65-67.
    • "Historical Overview of Critical Race Theory", pp. 178-184.

  • Some Suggested Measures of Learning:

    Comment on one of the following topics, or do something of your own choosing.

    1. How is the study of Zambia and Zimbabwe conceptually related to the sociology of law? Consider the structural context in which the law is created and enforced.

    2. Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa are very different places with very different structural contexts or "situations." Since none of us are experts on Africa, how do we manage to ask intelligent and sensible questions? What are the basics we need to know from the start? Consider what Edward M. Said tells us about Victorian England's complicity in colonization.

    3. What do you think Hal Pepinsky means when he says that "Power holding carries its own fear of failure to do one's duty"? What duties does our law recognize? How are they balanced with "freedom"? Consider affirmative duty and the impossibility of enforcing demands upon others.

    4. Conceptually link the double portrait series to the power of the law to enforce affirmative actions.

    5. Explain the historical origin of critical race theoy. Consider Critical Legal Studies.