New article by Mikael Rask Madsen – University of Copenhagen

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09 September 2014

New article by Mikael Rask Madsen

In a new article entitled “The return of sociology in Danish socio-legal studies: a survey of recent trends” in International Journal of Law in Context, Mikael Rask Madsen and Ole Hammerslev survey recent developments of sociology of law socio-legal studies in Scandinavia. The article argues that the sociology of law in Denmark is currently marked by a striking institutional and empirical turn. This new direction in scholarship suggests not only a renewed research focus on the institutional dimensions of law but it also – and very differently from work from the 1980s and 1990s – suggests a re-orientation towards sociology more generally. A clear consequence of this return to the sociological core of the sociology of law has been an empirical orientation towards how law is practised, how legal institutions work and, as part of that, how the legal profession takes part in both legal change and transformations of state and society.

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