Sociological Jurisprudence

The school of Sociological Jurisprudence is an outgrowth of the Historical school and the emergent discipline of sociology, and was mainly active in the early half of the twentieth century. Under the definition of society and societal norms, the theorists of this school adapted the Cultural/Historical view and expanded its foundations.

Ultimately, then, law and culture co-exist. The law is nothing more than a living representation of the societal norms that exist in the culture. Or, at least, it should be. The problems with law arise when the law is made to serve the dictates of the elite; a situation that apparently occurs less often than one would normally think possible. Law is alive, according to these theorists, and shifts or adapts to the continuing cultural norms and values as they shift or adapt.

Definitions and Works of Sociological Theorists

Sociological Jurisprudence: A History of the School

Brandeis, Louis Biographical Information
The Right to Privacy
Roscoe Pound Snapshot Biography
Living in a civilized Society

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