Some Features of the Methodology, Research Methods and Sociology of Law Cover Image

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Some Features of the Methodology, Research Methods and Sociology of Law

Author(s): Zoran S. Nikolić
Subject(s): Criminal Law, Methodology and research technology, Law on Economics, Sociology of Law
Published by: Институт за политичке студије
Keywords: methodology; method; the sociology of law; empirical research; scientific principals; cognitive goals;

Summary/Abstract: Although it is not original, the method of the sociology of law has to, without a doubt, adjust itself to the characteristics of its subjects. The problems of the method of the sociology of law can be divided into two groups: The importance and complexity of a legal field in the life of a society demand a higher degree of a methodical development that would be capable to stand up to the requests of legal norms; Modern inclinations towards transforming the sociology of law into an applied science bring about wider cognitive possibilities of its method. The sociology crisis in a scientific and cognitive sense is mainly caused by the crisis of its methodology. There are not many empirical researches of primary and secondary legal subjects. The reasons are in the characteristics of a society, its human resources, and its methodology. Much of legal, political, financial, and social dispersion into a wider social plan asks for a specific approach in legal subject research. That should be an introduction into a cognitive width of this science, as well as the other ones, which the sociology of law would cover within its own system. On the other hand, national sociologies of law could limit themselves into their own societies. This could result in having many different individual national sociologies of law. In many countries where sociology is being researched very seriously, last few decades, there is a tendency to develop an interdisciplinary or a multidisciplinary sociology of law. This does not refer to a different approach, but an intension for this branch of sociology to have a scientific nature that would be based on the basic characteristic of the method of the sociology of law: global approach in a research of a specific subject. Today, there are intense intensions to find the way to transform the sociology of law into a specifically applied science. The sociology positioned in this manner would have an important application in legal areas, such as buyer/seller contact, criminal and violent acts, family law, as well as aid to lawmakers and judges.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 347-365
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Serbian