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    • Abstract:
      Describes the sociology of law produced by jurists and those produced by sociologists in Brazil. Formation of the field; Research themes in historical and political context; Three tendencies in the development of the perspective of law in the country; Importance of the studies about popular conceptions in justice in studies about the constitution of legal codes and the practice of judicial apparatus. During the last twenty years, the sociology of law in Brazil has consolidated itself as a diffuse field, a field not only constituted by many other fields but also by the conceptual disputes among them. Within the sociology of law there are two general tendencies that, apparently, do not intermingle. On the one hand, there is the sociology of law produced by jurists, which focuses on the law codes and endeavors to synthesize a theoretical framework based on legal tools, their history, and development. On the other hand, there is the sociology of law produced by sociologists, which studies the institutions of social control, criminality, and the relations of various social groupings vis-a-vis the law. This article aims to describe these two tendencies and show how, despite their lack of association, both of them converge on the same point: the prevalence of formal discourse in the analysis of social conflicts legally defined as 'crimes.' During the last twenty years, the sociology of law in Brazil has consolidated itself as a diffuse field, a field not only constituted by many other fields but also by the conceptual disputes among them. Within the sociology of law there are two general tendencies that, apparently, do not intermingle. On the one hand, there is the sociology of law produced by jurists, which focuses on the law codes and endeavors to synthesize a theoretical framework based on legal tools, their history, and development. On the other hand, there is the sociology of law produced by sociologists, which studies the institutions of social contro... [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Senior researcher at the Institute for the Study of Rights, Politics and Society (IEDIS) and at the Center of Interdisciplinary Studies on Imagery and Memory at the USP
      2Senior researcher at IEDIS and the Director of Education at the Semco Foundation
    • Full Text Word Count:
      8788
    • ISSN:
      0003-1232
    • Accession Number:
      10.1007/s12108-001-1017-4
    • Accession Number:
      5375487
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      JUSTO, M. G.; SINGER, H. Sociology of Law in Brazil: A Critical Approach. American Sociologist, [s. l.], v. 32, n. 2, p. 10–25, 2001. DOI 10.1007/s12108-001-1017-4. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=5375487&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 14 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Justo MG, Singer H. Sociology of Law in Brazil: A Critical Approach. American Sociologist. 2001;32(2):10-25. doi:10.1007/s12108-001-1017-4.
    • AMA11:
      Justo MG, Singer H. Sociology of Law in Brazil: A Critical Approach. American Sociologist. 2001;32(2):10-25. doi:10.1007/s12108-001-1017-4
    • APA:
      Justo, M. G., & Singer, H. (2001). Sociology of Law in Brazil: A Critical Approach. American Sociologist, 32(2), 10–25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12108-001-1017-4
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Justo, Marcelo Gomes, and Helena Singer. 2001. “Sociology of Law in Brazil: A Critical Approach.” American Sociologist 32 (2): 10–25. doi:10.1007/s12108-001-1017-4.
    • Harvard:
      Justo, M. G. and Singer, H. (2001) ‘Sociology of Law in Brazil: A Critical Approach’, American Sociologist, 32(2), pp. 10–25. doi: 10.1007/s12108-001-1017-4.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Justo, MG & Singer, H 2001, ‘Sociology of Law in Brazil: A Critical Approach’, American Sociologist, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 10–25, viewed 14 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Justo, Marcelo Gomes, and Helena Singer. “Sociology of Law in Brazil: A Critical Approach.” American Sociologist, vol. 32, no. 2, Summer 2001, pp. 10–25. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1007/s12108-001-1017-4.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Justo, Marcelo Gomes, and Helena Singer. “Sociology of Law in Brazil: A Critical Approach.” American Sociologist 32, no. 2 (Summer 2001): 10–25. doi:10.1007/s12108-001-1017-4.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Justo MG, Singer H. Sociology of Law in Brazil: A Critical Approach. American Sociologist [Internet]. 2001 Summer [cited 2020 Jul 14];32(2):10–25. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=5375487&custid=s8280428