A sociology of law and science

Emilie Cloatre, Martyn Pickersgill

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In this chapter, we interrogate how the interactions between law and science have been approached by the social sciences. In the last three decades in particular, these interactions have been a growing focus of academic interest (Cole 2016; Caudill and Larue 2006; Silbey 2008 and 2008b). An increasing body of inter- and transdisciplinary empirical research and novel theorisation has sought to inspect and unpack how law and science, as institutions and bodies of knowledge, shape contemporary societies (Pottage 1998; Strathern 2019). In particular, research has engaged closely with how the interactions between law and science act as accelerants of material and semiotic innovation (Silbey and Ewick 2003; Hayden 2003; Jacob 2012). Yet, it is probably fair to say that these questions have not been as central to the sociology of law as one may expect, emerging instead as a distinct, though overlapping, sub-field of inquiry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Sociology of Law
EditorsJ Přibáň
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
ISBN (Print)978 1 78990 517 5
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2020


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