Socio-legal researchers increasingly recognise the need to employ a wide variety of methods in studying law and legal phenomena,
and the need to be informed by an understanding of debates about theory and method in mainstream social science. The papers
in this volume illustrate how a range of topics, including EU law, ombudsmen, judges, lawyers, Shariah Councils and the quality
assurance industry can be researched from a socio-legal perspective. The objective of the collection is to show how different
methods can be used in researching law and legal phenomena, how methodological issues and debates in sociology are relevant
to the study of law, and the importance of the debate between "structural" and "action" traditions in researching law. It
also approaches the methodological problem of how sociology of law can address the content of legal practice from a variety
of perspectives and discusses the relationship between pure and applied research. The editors provide a critical introduction
to each of the six sections, and a general introduction on law, sociology and method.
The collection will provide an
invaluable resource for socio-legal researchers, law school researchers and postgraduates.