Law in Our Lives is a law and society text that provides an interdisciplinary "mapping" of the nature of law as a social institution. The book is student-oriented and highly readable. Themes addressed include:
* The meaning of law and legal reasoning.
* Law in relation to justice, morality, and religion.
* Explaining law and society: schools of jurisprudence and sociolegal theories.
* Major legal traditions and systems of law.
* Perspectives on comparative law.
* A life in the legal profession.
* An overview of legal institutions and processes.
* Legal culture and beliefs about law and legal behavior.
* Legal ethics.
* Legal socialization.
* How law has been reformed.
* Emerging attributes of law in the 21st century.
Intended to provide students with a fundamental literacy about law as a presence in our social existence, rather than "black letter" law, Friedrichs' (sociology, criminal justice, U. of Scranton, PA) text is written in accessible language with attention to issues and controversies that will enliven discussion in the undergraduate classroom. The topics considered include the celebration of law and the critique of law; contemporary legal issues confronting society; the definition and meaning of law, the different dimensions or models of law, and the nature of legal reasoning; and law in relation to justice, to morality, to religion, and to interests. Key terms and discussion questions conclude each chapter; a list of web sites is provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)