Law, Legal Culture and Society : Mirrored Identities of the Legal Order, Hardback Book

Law, Legal Culture and Society : Mirrored Identities of the Legal Order Hardback

Edited by Alberto (Universita degli Studi di Macerata, Italy) Febbrajo

Part of the Studies in the Sociology of Law series


This volume addresses the pluralistic identity of the legal order.

It argues that the mutual reflexivity of the different ways society perceives law and law perceives society eclipses the unique formal identity of written law.

It advances a distinctive approach to legal culture, particularly the study of the plural ways in which legal cultures work in a modern society, through the metaphor of the mirror.

As a mirror of society, it distinguishes between the status and function of legal culture within the legal system, and the external representation of law in society.

This duality is further problematized in relation to the increasing transnationalisation of law. Based on a multi-level interpretation of the concept of legal culture, the work is divided into three parts: The first addresses the mutual reflections of social and legal norms that support a pluralist representation of internal legal cultures.

The second concentrates on the functional connections of internal and external legal cultures that constantly enable pragmatic adjustments of the legal order to its social environment.

The book concludes with a theoretical discussion of the issues presented.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 2 Line drawings, black and white; 3 Tables, black and white
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Jurisprudence & philosophy of law
  • ISBN: 9781138488366



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