David Garland - Intro to Social Theory: Weber

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Edinburgh Law School, the Centre for Law and Society and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research are delighted to be hosting a seminar by Professor David Garland, widely considered one of the world’s leading sociologists of crime and punishment. Professor Garland is Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at New York University, and Professorial Fellow in Criminology at the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh.


An Introduction to Social Theory for Law and Criminology students

What are the functions of law in modern society? How does law relate to power, to class, to money, and to morals? How did the great social theorists understand law and how can we use their ideas to understand the legal world today?


In these informal lectures, Professor David Garland will provide a lively and accessible introduction to the work of the major social theorists and discuss their relevance to thinking about law and legal institutions – including criminal law and penal institutions – today.


You can sign up for sessions individually or take all four as a short course



Wednesday 15th May 11am to 1pm, Teaching Room 07 in Old College

“Intro to Social Theory: Weber”

What role did law play in the rise of modern capitalism? What role have lawyers played in the creation of law’s distinctive rationality? How do we resolve the tension between formal legal rules and our concern for substantive justice? Can the rule of law survive the coming of the welfare state and the demand for efficient state governance? Max Weber is the brooding genius whose thinking about law and society shapes contemporary American scholarship and these questions are at the core of Weber’s work. David Garland will introduce Weber’s ideas about law and society and show their importance for a critical understanding of legal thought and the practice of law. Following the lecture there will be a discussion session and plenty of time for question and answer.


This event is free and open to all but places are limited so registration is required.



Other events in the David Garland Programme are:


Thursday 16th May 11am to 1pm, Teaching Room 07 in Old College

“Intro to Social Theory: Foucault”
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