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Рецензия на книгу: Richard Nobles, David Schiff (eds.) Law, Society and Community: Socio-Legal Essays in Honour of Roger Cotterrell. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014, 361 pp.

The present article is a review of the book entitled Law, Society and Community: Socio-Legal Essays in Honour of Roger Cotterrell published in 2014. The book under review is a collection of articles written in honour of the outstanding British legal scholar, one of the leaders of the contemporary sociological jurisprudence, Roger Cotterrell. Scholars engaged both in sociological research of law and in theoretical legal thinking contributed to this Festschrift. Almost all included essays are interconnected with the themes on which Professor Cotterrell had been working during his long scientific career. These essays are divided into the following three sections: socio-legal problems, issues of legal methodology, issues of globalization and comparative law. In spite of the seemingly heterogeneous character of the matters discussed in the book under review, in fact it proposes a coherent analysis of various aspects of law in the contemporary époque for the examination of which the socio-legal methodology elaborated by Roger Cotterrell can be useful. According to the review’s author, in terms of the discussion level and the quality of included materials, this book is one of the most important publications in the field of jurisprudence published in 2014 in English. The review’s author emphasizes that all subject matters of the reviewed book inevitably imply the discussion of a place and function of law in the public life. Be it empirical essays on protest movements or abstract reflections on some key concepts of legal science, they are united by the common interest to the socio-legal methodology. This methodology varies significantly and includes both socio-philosophical deliberations in the spirit of Durkheim or Weber and such methods of applied sociology as discourse analysis, interview, included observation etc. A brief overview of the ideas articulated by the authors of the reviewed book enables to assess multidimensionality of legal sociology in the contemporary Western jurisprudence and to reveal current developments of interdisciplinary research, as well as possible combinations of the methods used in such research.