Foundations of a Sociology of Canon Law

This "Open Access" book investigates the legal reality of the church through a sociological lens and from the perspective of canon law studies, the discipline which researches the law and the legal structure of the Catholic Church. It introduces readers from various backgrounds to the soci...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Hahn, Judith
Format: eBook
Published: Cham Springer International Publishing 2022, 2022
Edition:1st ed. 2022
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Collection: Springer eBooks 2005- - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: Why Write a Sociology of Canon Law?
  • Canon Law Studies—A Theological Discipline
  • Employing Juridical Methodology
  • Employing Sociological Methodology
  • How to Approach a Sociology of Canon Law
  • The Sociological View of the Law
  • The Law through a Sociological Lens
  • A Sociological Focus on Canon Law
  • The Functions of the Law
  • Law and the Order of the Social
  • Law and the Resolution of Conflicts
  • The Validity of Positive Law
  • Modern Law as Positive Law
  • Law Derived from Power, Power Derived from the Law
  • Characteristics of Positive Law
  • The Validity of the Law and the Issue of Legitimacy
  • A Sociological View on Validity Issues
  • Accepting Canon Law?
  • The Effectiveness of the Law
  • Effectiveness and Compliance
  • Preconditions of Compliance
  • The Connection of the Effectiveness and Validity of the Law
  • Résumé
  • An Outlook for Further Studies
  • Summary of the Book (in Theses)