Monday, April 2, 2007
Posted by Alan Childress
Sage Publications announces its new Encyclopedia of Law and Society, to be shipped June 12. It is edited by comparative law scholar David S. Clark (Willamette), shown right, and can be ordered from Sage here or Amazon here (the latter at a nice discount for pre-order). The project includes a 5000-word entry "Lawyers," about the legal profession in the U.S. and comparatively, written by me. I have attached that entry (with their permission) as a PDF file, LawyersChildress.pdf.
The three volume one million word Encyclopedia of Law and Society: American and Global Perspectives (Sage) is planned as the largest comprehensive and international treatment of the law and society field ever undertaken. Its Advisory Board of 62 members, from 20 countries and six continents, represent interdisciplinary perspectives on law from sociology, criminology, cultural anthropology, political science, social psychology, and economics. Almost 700 entries will be biographical, historical, comparative, topical, thematic, and methodological, varying from 500 to 5,000 words.
By globalizing the encyclopedia's coverage, American law and society will be better understood within its historical and comparative context. Conversely, the rich diversity of European, Latin American, Asian, African, and Australasian developments for the first time can be presented in one place. In this way the truly holistic, interdisciplinary virtues of law and society can be revealed.