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Introduction: exploring the comparative in socio-legal studies

Creutzfeldt, N; Kubal, A; Pirie, F; (2016) Introduction: exploring the comparative in socio-legal studies. International Journal of Law in Context , 12 (4) pp. 377-389. 10.1017/S1744552316000173. Green open access

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Abstract

Among the diverse approaches to comparison in socio-legal studies, those that employ qualitative research, richness of detail and attention to context are the focus of this special issue. The Introduction draws on comparative law and social science literature to argue that comparison amongst studies of laws in contexts can follow different trajectories: the comparison may start from an assumption of similarity – in form, purposes or context – in order to identify significant differences; or it may identify significant similarity across social and cultural divides. What unites many of the projects of comparison undertaken by qualitative empirical researchers is that the points of relevant comparison are identified within the complexity of the empirical studies at hand; and they are allowed to emerge, or change, as the researcher comes to understand the facts and issues more deeply.

Type: Article
Title: Introduction: exploring the comparative in socio-legal studies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S1744552316000173
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1744552316000173
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10060401
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