1300 36 33 32

Modern systems theory provides a new method for the analysis of society through an examination of the structures of its communications. In this volume, Niklas Luhmann, the theory's leading exponent, explores its implications for our understanding of law. Luhmann argues that current thinking about how law operates within a modern society is seriously deficient. He lays out the theoretical and methodological tools that, he argues, can advance our understanding of contemporary society and in particular of the identity, performance, and function of the legal system within that society. In systems theory, society is its communications: they are its empirical reality; the items that can be observed and studied. Systems theory identifies how communications operate within a physical world and how different sub-systems of communication operate alongside each other. In this volume, Luhmann uses systems theory to address a question central to legal theory: what differentiates law from other social practices? However, unlike conventional legal theory this volume seeks to provide an answer in terms of a general social theory: a methodology that answers the question in a manner applicable not only to law, but also to all the other complex and highly differentiated systems within modern society, such as politics, the economy, religion, the media, and education. This sociological approach offers profound insights into the relationships between law and other social systems.

Buy Law as a Social System book by Niklas Luhmann from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780199546121
ISBN-10: 0199546126
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 156mm x 27mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Law as a Social System book by Niklas Luhmann and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Niklas Luhmann

Prior to his death in 1998, Niklas Luhammn was Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Bielefeld University. This work has been translated from the original German by Prof. Alex Ziegert, and edited by Fatima Kastner, Richard Nobles, David Schiff, and Rosamund Ziegert.

Books By Author Niklas Luhmann

Sociological Theory of Law by Niklas Luhmann

A Sociological Theory of Law

Paperback, January 2016
$74.69
Theory of Society by Niklas Luhmann

Theory of Society

Paperback, August 2013
$48.70
Introduction to Systems Theory by Niklas Luhmann

Introduction to Systems Theory

Hardback, October 2012
$121.46
Love as Passion by Niklas Luhmann

Love as Passion

Paperback, April 2012
$35.96