The Law & Society Reader II. Edited by Erik Larson and Patrick Schmidt. New York: New York University Press, 2014. 440 pp. $29 paper.

Date01 December 2015
Published date01 December 2015
Book Reviews
Jinee Lokaneeta, Editor
The Law & Society Reader II. Edited by Erik Larson and Patrick
Schmidt. New York: New York University Press, 2014. 440 pp.
$29 paper.
Reviewed by John Brigham, Department of Political Science,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
This is the second reader collecting work that has been published in
the Law and Society Review. The first reader, edited by Richard Abel, a
founder of the law and society enterprise, covered scholarship from
the inception of the Review in 1966 until 1995 when the reader was
published. Abel’s collection, like the Review itself, the first meeting in
Buffalo in 1975, and the first international meeting in Amsterdam in
1991, marked a milestone. By the mid-1990s, scholars associated
with the enterprisedeclared their work ready to anthologize.
The articles in the second volume date from the late 1990s and
run up to a few years ago. Thus, they cover a somewhat shorter
period of time. The volume is edited by professors Erik Larson
and Patrick Schmidt, both from Macalester College, where they are
co-directors of the legal studies program. Their collection contains
43 reprinted and edited articles. This volume is perhaps less a
stage in the development of the law and society enterprise than its
predecessor and more of a sequel.
In the Larson and Schmidt volume, there are familiar ideas
about how to do social research, like counting and interviewing.
They receive contemporary expressions in which they are devel-
oped and tweaked. There are also newer methods, like ethnogra-
phy and the focus on constitutive law, which are tested and
elaborated but also introduced and justified against the standards
of the movement’s relatively recent past.
Although the volume does not reprint material from the first
reader,it contain s updated classics, likeJoel Grossman, Herbert Kritzer
and Stewart Macaulay’s “Do the ‘Haves’ Still Come Out Ahead?” and
what are certain to become classics such as Osagie K. Obasogie’s “Do
Blind People See Race? Social, Legal, and Theoretical Considerations.”
There is concern about crime and police always present in law
and society scholarship. But not as much as there would be in a
Law & Society Review, Volume 49, Number 4 (2015)
C2015 Law and Society Association. All rights reserved.

To continue reading

Request your trial

VLEX uses login cookies to provide you with a better browsing experience. If you click on 'Accept' or continue browsing this site we consider that you accept our cookie policy. ACCEPT