Following the law or using the law? Decision making in medical manslaughter

Sanders, Andrew and Griffiths, Danielle (2015) Following the law or using the law? Decision making in medical manslaughter. In: Cowan, David and Wincott, Daniel (eds.) Exploring the legal in socio-legal studies. Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies . Palgrave Macmillan UK, Basingstoke, pp. 225-244. ISBN 9781137344366

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Socio-legal studies have had an ambivalent relationship with the 'legal' โ€“ one of its defining aspects, but at the same time one that the discipline has sought to transcend or even leave behind. While socio-legal studies benefit hugely from the insights, methods and theories of other social science and humanity disciplines, the contributions to Exploring the 'Legal' in Socio-Legal Studies illustrate the value of a focus on the 'legal'.

The chapters in this book combine traditional legal materials and analyses with other ways of engaging empirically with the 'legal'. They illustrate the rich potential of the 'legal' as a site both for theoretical and methodological reflection and for case study analysis.

Taken as a whole, this volume demonstrates that methodological discussion is most helpful when rooted in empirical cases, and that the best case studies also help us to develop our methodologies. Bringing methodology and empirical analysis together offers an opportunity to reflect on socio-legal studies and develop the discipline in productive new directions.

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