This book presents a unified set of arguments about the nature of jurisprudence and its relation to the jurist’s role. It explores contemporary challenges that create a need for social scientific perspectives in jurisprudence, and it shows how sociological resources can and should be used in considering juristic issues. Its overall aim is to redefine the concept of sociological jurisprudence and outline a new agenda for this.

Supporting this agenda, the book elaborates a distinctive juristic perspective that recognises law’s diversity of cultural meanings, its extending transnational reach, its responsibilities to reflect popular aspirations for justice and security, and its integrative tasks as a general resource of regulation for society as a whole and for the individuals who interact under law’s protection.

Drawing on and extending the author’s previous work, the book will be essential reading for students, researchers and academics working in jurisprudence, law and society, socio-legal studies, sociology of law, and comparative legal studies.

chapter 1|13 pages


Recovering sociological jurisprudence

part I|58 pages

The juristic point of view

chapter 2|15 pages

The Nature of Legal Expertise

chapter 3|12 pages

The Jurist’s Role

chapter 4|14 pages

Why Jurisprudence is not Legal Philosophy

chapter 5|15 pages

Sociology in Juristic Practice

part II|83 pages

Transnational challenges to juristic thought

chapter 8|19 pages

The Nature of Transnational Law

chapter 9|18 pages

Transnational Legal Authority

chapter 10|16 pages

A Transnational Concept of Crime

part III|73 pages

Legal values in sociological perspective

chapter 11|13 pages

Culture as a Juristic Issue

chapter 12|16 pages

Can Sociology Clarify Legal Values?

chapter 13|16 pages

Human Rights and Dignity

A Durkheimian perspective

chapter 14|14 pages

Legal Instrumentalism and Popular Values

chapter 15|12 pages


Horizons of sociological jurisprudence