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Blind Insights? The Limits of a Reflexive Sociology of Law

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Is there a danger that sociological approaches to law end up creating law in their own image? Can they set their own limits? Could they help further rather than hinder the process by which law becomes more technocratic? Continuing a debate with Roger Cotterrell, this paper offers an examination of Cotterrell's suggestion, in the last issue, that these dangers can be avoided provided that sociological interpretation of legal ideas recognizes an allegiance to law rather than to academic sociology. By contrast, I propose a reflexive strategy intended to invite sociology to examine the ways in which its discourses and practices are both similar to but also different from those of law.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Cardiff Law School, P.0. Box 247, Cardiff CF1 1XD, Wales, and Macerata University, Macerata, Italy

Publication date: September 1, 1998


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