The return of sociology in Danish socio-legal studies: a survey of recent trends

Ole Hammerslev, Mikael Rask Madsen

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This paper surveys recent trends in the development of the sociology of law in Denmark. The overall argument of the paper is that, currently, the sociology of law in Denmark is marked by a striking sociological and more specifically institutional and empirical turn. This new direction in scholarship suggests not only a renewed research focus on the institutional dimensions of law but it also - and very differently from work from the 1980s and 1990s - suggests a re-orientation towards sociology more generally. A clear consequence of this return to the sociological core of the sociology of law has been an empirical orientation towards how law is practised, how legal institutions work and, as part of that, how the legal profession takes part in both legal change and transformations of state and society. This new research relies not only on general sociological theory and method but also on the more specific elite sociology, sociology of professions and sociology of knowledge.

TidsskriftInternational Journal of Law in Context
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)397-415
StatusUdgivet - 20. jun. 2014


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