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Law and Society (10th Edition) [Paperback]

Steven Vago
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January 13, 2011 0205820387 978-0205820382 10th

For one-semester undergraduate courses in Law and Society, Sociology of Law, Introduction to Law, and a variety of criminal justice courses offered in departments of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Political Science.


Examines the interplay between law and society. 


Law and Society, 10e provides an informative, balanced and comprehensive analysis of the interplay between law and society. This text presents an overview of the most advanced interdisciplinary and international research, theoretical advances, ongoing debates and controversies. It raises new levels of awareness on the structure and functions of law and legal systems and the principal players in the legal arena and their impact on our lives. In addition, it looks at the legal system the context of race, class, and gender and considers multicultural and cross-cultural issues in a contemporary and interdisciplinary context. 


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This balanced and comprehensive overview of the entire legal system -- administrative, civil, and criminal law -- considers the most recent research and theories and discusses important recent trends and real-life developments. It focuses on the emergence of modern legal systems, current intellectual movements in law, reciprocity between law and social change, and the profession and practice of law. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 10th edition (January 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205820387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205820382
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A job well done July 25, 2000
This is an excellent textbook. The language is clear, the ideas well exposed, and the subject covered in a most satisfactory manner. The sixth edition I have read contains an extensive and very useful bibliography. I'd recommend it whoheartedly for undergraduate courses on the topic. Some minor criticisms: first, I would have liked the section on theoretical perspectives to be more extensive, while the chapter on methods seems to me to be superflous, at least for undergraduates. Second, at the bottom of page 232, the information give is confusing. It talks about tons, without specifying whether metric or not. Further, it uses ounces, pounds and kilos, all very unclear. Thirdly, the sections on the socialist system are obsolete, insofar as those systems have practically disappeared. And, yes, although the author claims, at the bottom of p.1 that he has followed an eclectic apporach, "without embracing or advocating a particular position, ideology, or theoretical stance", the truth is that I feel I detect a very subtle but, nonetheless recognizable, "leftish" leaning. But those are minor shortcomings, whcih shrink to nothing in comparison with the very positive achievements of the textbook. Kudos!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good once you get past chapter 1 January 31, 2010
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When I read chapter one, I thought I was reading a foreign language. I decided to read the summaries first at the end of each chapter. This made reading much much easier and the topic friendlier.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginer's guide January 11, 2010
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The book is well written and researched but is very preliminary and recommended for beginers. Its a great starter book to those who are not familiar but are interested in the law from a sociological perspective. The author writes well and has thorough research and provides references for further information but can be somewhat repetitive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Raymond
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Law and Society by Vago is a sufficiently detailed textbook to learn terms, definitions, concepts, ideas, and many other Law and Society-related information for Introductory Law and Society Courses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. September 13, 2012
By Liz
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I received this book in really good condition. It is really interesting, and the writer explains the topics thoroughly and effectively.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 9, 2014
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great for class
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5.0 out of 5 stars Law And Society May 26, 2014
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It was purchased as a textbook for a Master's level class. Good book full of detail and information not found easily somewhere else. Easy to read and follow. Definitely a "keeper"
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Law and Society (8th Edition) was a book that was required reading for a master's level course I was taking. Amazon allowed me to buy this book for much less than I would have paid if I went through the college book store. I would definitely recommend going through Amazon for your college book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Long Ago
This was so LONG ago, I couldn't tell you what class this was 4 but I'm sure it helped me in some way LOL
Published 10 months ago by Geoffrey Selby
5.0 out of 5 stars School Book
I am glad I ordered this book no one online had this book. The book came before my classes started. I was really surprised how fast the book came to house
Published 10 months ago by Terri J. Owens
2.0 out of 5 stars Book Condition!!!!!
This book was very badly water damaged....I was able to use it but it was not worth the price I paid!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great.!!!
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Published 16 months ago by veronica
1.0 out of 5 stars Horribly written
I am unsure as to why this book has so many 5 star ratings. By far, this has been the worst textbook I have had to use in my 4 years of college. Read more
Published 17 months ago by hdnb4
4.0 out of 5 stars Law & Society (10th)
This book isn't difficult to read but its not enjoyable either. Useful in a college course with an excellent instructor. The quality of the printing is above average.
Published on September 19, 2011 by Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!
It was a smooth transaction and great buy, book was is great condition, I didn't have any issues what so ever. Thanks!
Published on January 31, 2011 by Bianca Campos
3.0 out of 5 stars Text Book
Its a ok book it is kinda boring at parts, I had to buy it for class which is why I have it. but It is a good book for class purposes
Published on September 21, 2010 by swimstud4000
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