LWS200 Introduction to Law & Society
Book Review 2
Grade: 20 points
By completing short writing assignments on a regular basis, you will critically engage with course materials (e.g., videos, audios, books, and journal articles). And you will do so by carefully examining specific concepts, theories, and topics related to law and society.
Short writing assignments are also intended to help you improve academic writing.
These assignments provide you with a record of thought processes; later, you can retrieve your learning experiences and incorporate them into book reviews and/or the final paper.
Before you submit your assignment via Blackboard, please double-check whether you have complied with the following requirements:
Please TYPE YOUR WRITING DIRECTLY INTO THIS FILE AND SUBMIT IT AS AN ATTACHMENT
Use 12-point Times New Roman font
One-inch margins on all sides
Keep your writing single-spaced
Late work will not be accepted.
The organization of the book review
In the first paragraph, introduce the book title and inform readers of the two authors (e.g., name, institutional affiliation, academic training, research interests, and publications of books).
In the second paragraph, provide an overview of the book. Then proceed to define the three key concepts: law, legality, and legal consciousness. Be sure to explain these terms by applying the two authors’ perspective. In other words, definitions retrieved from dictionaries or Wikipedia would not suffice.
Read Appendix A carefully (page 251~261). After that, compose a 300 to 400-word paragraph to address the following issues:
How did the two authors collect research data?
How did they select respondents/interviewees?
How big was their research sample? What was their sample like?
How did they conduct interviews (where, when, and how long the interviews lasted…)
What questions were asked during the interviews?
In the fourth paragraph, provide a summary of Chapter 4 or 5 or 6, depending on which one you presented in class. Remember that you will draw on ONE and only one respondent’s life experiences and narratives to illustrate ONE type of legal consciousness (i.e., before the law, with the law, and against the law). If you have submitted the 8th short writing assignment, you can build on that assignment for your writing of this paragraph.
In the fifth paragraph, provide a brief comparison of the three types of legal consciousness (i.e., before the law, with the law, and against the law). In other words, explain how do they differ from each other.
In the last paragraph, state what you would like to do for the final paper. Are you interested in investigating the topic of legal consciousness? If so, whose legal consciousness would you like to explore? If not, what else would you like to study?
Type your writing here…
the book is focusing on The Common Place of Law: Stories from Everyday Life. Ewick, Patricia, and Susan S. Silbey. (1998). The Common Place of Law: Stories from Everyday Life. University of Chicago Press