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Publication date:
October 2009

Imprint: OUP India

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Sociology of law

Edited by Indra Deva

Series : Oxford in India Readings in Sociology and Social Anthropology

This collection of 21 essays analyses the relationship between legal and social systems in India, including the functioning of the legal system in tandem with other social subsystems; the legal profession; law and religious identity; law and disadvantaged groups in society; the societal and social roles of the judiciary in India; and the law and aspects of social change. Section I deals with the functioning of the law during British rule and in independent India, which also includes tribal criminal justice. Section II explores the development and social organization of the legal profession. Sections III and IV examine the association of law with religion and disadvantaged groups. Section V analyses the societal role of the judiciary with respect to public interest litigation and social action. Finally, Section VI discusses law and social change through the ages in India. In examining these diverse issues, the reader brings together the writings of eminent sociologists as well as top legal thinkers and jurists.

Readership : Suitable for students and scholars of sociology and anthropology, law, and political science, also legal historians, socio-legal scholars, and NGO activists.

Section I: Functioning of the Legal System
1. Upendra Baxi: Colonial Nature of the Indian Legal System
2. J. Duncan M. Derrett: Administration of Hindu Law by the British
3. V.R. Krishna Iyer: Law and the People
4. Krishna Kumar: Patterns of Criminal Justice amongst Some Tribes
5. J.S.Gandhi: Law as an Instrument of Change in India
Section II: The Legal Profession
6. Samuel Schmitthener: Development of the Legal Profession in India
7. K.L. Sharma: Legal Profession and Society: A Study of Lawyers and their Clients
8. Charles Morrison: Social Organization at the District Courts: Colleague Relationships among Indian Lawyers
Section III: Law and Religious Identity
9. Donald Eugene Smith: Religion, Law, and Secularism
10. John H. Mansfield: Personal Laws or a Uniform Civil Code?
11. Dieter Conrad: The Personal Law Question and Hindu Nationalism
12. Kavita R. Khory: The Shah Bano Case: Some Political Implications
Section IV: Law and the Disadvantaged Groups
13. Marc Galanter: Pursuing Equality in the Land of Hierarchy
14. M.P. Singh: Jusprudential Foundation of Reservations
15. Ram Jethmalani: Mandal Revisited
16. S.P. Sathe: Empowerment of Women: Legal Strategies
Section V: Societal Role of Judiciary
17. V.R. Krishna Iyer: Towards an Indian Jurisprudence of Social Action and Public Interest Litigation
18. Mahabaleshwar N. Morje: Public Interest Litigation
Section VI: Law and Social Change
19. Indra Deva and Shrirama: Growth of Traditional Legal System: The Perspective of Change through the Ages
20. Yogendra Singh: Law and Social Change in India
21. Peter G. Sack: Constitutions and Revolutions

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Indra Deva was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Pt Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur, Chattisgarh.

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Special Features

  • Part of the prestigious OIRSSA series.
  • Analyses the relationship between legal and social systems in India.
  • Contributors include eminent sociologists, and legal thinkers and jurists.