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  • SUGARMAN ON CHRIS BROOKS AND THE LEGAL TURN IN EARLY MODERN ENGLISH HISTORY

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Promoting Dialogue Between History and Socio-legal Studies: The Contribution of Christopher W. Brooks and the ‘Legal Turn’ in Early Modern English History

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/10/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Law and Society
Issue numberSuppl. 1
Volume44
Number of pages24
Pages (from-to)S37- S60
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Although history, legal history, and socio-legal studies significantly overlap in concerns, methods, values and history, and a common tradition, these commonalities are frequently overlooked. In seeking to promote greater dialogue between these disciplines, this article examines their complex interaction, arguing that the work of socio-legal scholars, historians, and legal historians would benefit from greater cross-fertilization. It focuses on the ‘legal turn’ in recent history writing on early modern England, particularly Christopher W. Brooks’s ground-breaking analysis of the nature and extent of legal consciousness throughout society, and the central role of law and legal institutions in the constitution of society. It then outlines some areas of common interest and, having highlighted the increasing convergence between history, legal history, and socio-legal studies, concludes that greater dialogue would enhance our understanding of the role of law in society, and of society, and would be of more than mere historical interest.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Sugarman, D. (2017), Promoting Dialogue Between History and Socio-legal Studies: The Contribution of Christopher W. Brooks and the ‘Legal Turn’ in Early Modern English History. Journal of Law and Society, 44: S37–S60. doi:10.1111/jols.12048 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jols.12048/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.