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Friedman, Lawrence M. (Lawrence Meir) 1930-

Works: 148 works in 751 publications in 7 languages and 31,247 library holdings
Genres: History  Popular works  Trials, litigation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Thesis advisor, Author of introduction, Composer, Creator
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Lawrence M Friedman
A history of American law by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

57 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 3,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprehensive evaluation of the achievements and failures of the American legal system in the course of three centuries, concluding with 20th century developments
Crime and punishment in American history by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

26 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 2,421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a panoramic history of our criminal justice system from colonial times to today, one of our foremost legal thinkers shows how America fashioned a system of crime and punishment in its own image." "Lawrence M. Friedman argues that the evolution of criminal justice has reflected transformations in America's character. Thus the theocratic world of seventeenth-century Puritanism generated a peculiar equation between crime and sin. The extraordinary geographic and social mobility of nineteenth-century America produced its own distinctive approach to crime and punishment. And the expressive individualism of the twentieth century encouraged an emphasis on "crimes of the self."" "Crime and Punishment in American History covers vast and fascinating terrain: the Salem witchcraft trials; the Red Scare after World War I; the rise of the American penitentiary; the emergence of the professional detective; the development of laws against fornication and gambling and the reform of rape laws; the rise of the insanity defense; the growth of a prisoners rights movement; and much more. It is about vigilantes, outlaws, embezzlers, swindlers, and what happened to them; about the growth of white-collar crime; and about revolutionary changes in the relationship between gender and criminal justice." "Informed by the perspective of the social sciences, this book is a social history of crime and punishment, the story of the social reaction to crime. Not a history of criminal law or an intellectual history of penology or a treatise on the philosophy of good and evil, this book chronicles the development of a working system of criminal justice, from arrest to trial to prison and punishment." "Serious crime has skyrocketed in our day, affecting the lives of millions of people directly and all of us indirectly. This elegant and magisterial history helps us understand why this is happening - where we have been and where we are heading. It is a story that needs to be told."--Jacket
American law in the 20th century by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 1,534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American law in the twentieth century describes the explosion of law over the past century into almost every aspect of American life. Since 1900 the center of legal gravity in the United States has shifted from the state to the federal government, with the creation of agencies and programs ranging from Social Security to the Securities Exchange Commission to the Food and Drug Administration. Major demographic changes have spurred legal developments in such areas as family law and immigration law. Dramatic advances in technology have placed new demands on the legal system in fields ranging from automobile regulation to intellectual property. Throughout the book, Friedman focuses on the social context of American law. He explores the extent to which transformations in the legal order have resulted from the social upheavals of the twentieth century--including two world wars, the Great Depression, the civil rights movement, and the sexual revolution. Friedman also discusses the international context of American law: what has the American legal system drawn from other countries? And in an age of global dominance, what impact has the American legal system had abroad? This engrossing book chronicles a century of revolutionary change within a legal system that has come to affect us all
American law by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

46 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in English and held by 1,494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces the law and the legal system of the United States
American law and the constitutional order : historical perspectives by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

32 editions published between 1978 and 1988 in English and German and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Law in America : a short history by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

25 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and French and held by 1,155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the subject's greatest historian, the story of law in America serves as a powerful instrument for exposing the struggles for power and justice that have shaped this country, from its birth pangs to the present. Throughout American history, laws have been more than dry words in dusty books; they've been a reflection of who we are, what we value, who has power. In The Law in America, Lawrence Friedman makes the law's significance sing. In his hands, the story of law in America serves as a powerful instrument for exposing the struggles for power and justice that have shaped this country, from its birth pangs to the present. Throughout America's history, our laws have been a reflection of who we are, of what we value, of who has control. They embody our society's genetic code. In the masterful hands of the subject's greatest living historian, the story of the evolution of our laws serves to lay bare the deciding struggles over power and justice that have shaped this country from its birth pangs to the present. Law in America is a supreme example of the historian's art, its brevity a testament to the great elegance and wit of its composition
Private lives : families, individuals, and the law by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on many revealing and sometimes colorful court cases of the past two centuries, Private Lives offers a lively short history of the complexities of family law and family life - including the tensions between the laws on the books and contemporary arrangements for marriage, divorce, adoption, and child rearing."--Jacket
The legal system : a social science perspective by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

45 editions published between 1975 and 1987 in 4 languages and held by 847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The horizontal society by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book argues that modern technology has radically and irretrievably altered our sense of identity and hence our social, political, and legal life. In traditional societies, relationships and identities were strongly vertical: there was a clear line of authority from top to bottom, and identity was fixed by one's birth or social position. But in modern society, identity and authority have become much more horizontal: people feel freer to choose who they are and to form relationships on a plane of equality. The author examines how modern life centers on human identity seen in terms of race, gender, ethnicity, and religion, and how this new way of defining oneself affects politics, social structure, and the law. He claims that our horizontal society is the product of the mass media -- in particular, television -- which break down the isolation of traditional life and allow individuals to connect with like-minded others across barriers of space and time. As horizontal groups blossom, loyalties and allegiances to smaller groups fragment what seemed to be the unity of the larger nation. In addition, the media's ability to spread a global mass culture causes a breakdown of cultural isolation that leads to more immigration and heavy pressure on the laws and institutions of citizenship and immigration
Total justice by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

19 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Government and slum housing; a century of frustration by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

18 editions published between 1968 and 1978 in English and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Law and society : an introduction by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

20 editions published between 1976 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The republic of choice : law, authority, and culture by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

17 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Law and the behavioral sciences by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

19 editions published between 1969 and 1977 in English and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inside the castle : law and the family in 20th century America by Joanna L Grossman( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inside the Castle is a comprehensive social history of twentieth-century family law in the United States. Joanna Grossman and Lawrence Friedman show how vast, oceanic changes in society have reshaped and reconstituted the American family. Women and children have gained rights and powers, and novel forms of family life have emerged. The family has more or less dissolved into a collection of independent individuals with their own wants, desires, and goals. Modern family law, as always, reflects the brute social and cultural facts of family life
Contract law in America; a social and economic case study by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

15 editions published between 1965 and 2011 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The big trial : law as public spectacle by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The trial of O.J. Simpson was a sensation, avidly followed by millions of people, but it was also, in a sense, nothing new. One hundred years earlier the Lizzie Borden trial had held the nation in thrall. The names (and the crimes) may change, but the appeal is enduring - and why this is, how it works, and what it means are what Lawrence Friedman investigates in The Big Trial. What is it about these cases that captures the public imagination? Are the "headline trials" of our period different from those of a century or two ago? And what do we learn from them, about the nature of our society, past and present? To get a clearer picture, Friedman first identifies what certain headline trials have in common, then considers particular cases within each grouping. The political trial, for instance, embraces treason and spying, dissenters and radicals, and, to varying degrees, corruption and fraud. Celebrity trials involve the famous - whether victims, as in the case of Charles Manson, or defendants as disparate as Fatty Arburkle and William Kennedy Smith - but certain high-profile cases, such as those Friedman categorizes as tabloid trials, can also create celebrities. The fascination of whodunit trials can be found in the mystery surrounding the case: Are we sure about O.J. Simpson? What about Claus von Bulow - tried, in another sensational case, for sending his wife into a coma? An especially interesting type of case Friedman groups under the rubric worm in the bud. These are cases, such as that of Lizzie Borden, that seem to put society itself on trial: they raise fundamental social questions and often suggest hidden and secret pathologies. And finally, a small but important group of cases proceed from moral panic, the Salem witchcraft trials being the classic instance, though Friedman also considers recent examples. Though they might differ in significant ways, these types of trials also have important similarities. Most notably, they invariably raise questions about identity (Who is this defendant? A villain? An innocent unfairly accused?). And in this respect, The Big Trial shows us, the headline trial reflects a critical aspect of modern society. Reaching across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to the latest outrage, from congressional hearings to lynching and vigilante justice to public punishment, from Dr. Sam Sheppard (the "fugitive") to Jeffrey Dahmer (the "cannibal"), The Rosenbergs to Timonthy McVeigh, the book presents a complex picture of headline trials as displays of power - moments of "didactic theater" that demonstrate in one way or another whether a society is fair, whom is protects, and whose interests it serves. -- from back cover
Dead hands : a social history of wills, trusts, and inheritance law by Lawrence M Friedman( Book )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Law and custom allow people many ways to pass on their property. As Friedman's enlightening social history reveals, a decline in formal rules, the ascendancy of will substitutes over classic wills, social changes like the rise of the family of affection, changing ideas of acceptable heirs, and the potential disappearance of the estate tax all play a large role in the balance of wealth. Dead Hands uncovers the tremendous social and legal importance of this rite of passage, and how it reflects changing values and priorities in American families and society. --from publisher description
The European human rights culture : a paradox of human rights protection in Europe? by Nina-Louisa Arold Lorenz( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book analyses the political term "European Human Rights Culture", a term first introduced by EU Commission President Barroso. Located in the fields of comparative law and European law, this book analyses, through first-hand interviews with the European judiciary, the judicial perspective on the European human rights culture and sets this in context to the political dimension of the term. In addition, it looks at the structures and procedures of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), and explains the embedding of the Courts' legal cultures. It offers an in-depth analysis of the margin of appreciation doctrine at both the CJEU and ECtHR, and shows its value for addressing human rights grievances. This book combines interviews and case-law analysis to show how a mix of differences on the bench are legally amalgamated to resolve probing legal questions and human rights issues
Law, society, and history : themes in the legal sociology and legal history of Lawrence M. Friedman( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book assembles essays on legal sociology and legal history by an international group of distinguished scholars. All of them have been influenced by the eminent and prolific legal historian, legal sociologist, and scholar of comparative law, Lawrence M. Friedman. Not just a Festschrift of essays by colleagues and disciples, this volume presents a sustained examination and application of Friedman's ideas and methods. Some of the writers directly assess and comment on Friedman's vast body of work, while others examine his conclusions to see how well they have stood up over time. Various contributors apply concepts and insights derived from Friedman's work to the study of similar problems in different periods and societies. And others use Friedman's concepts and insights as a foil or contrast to their own approaches to studying law and society from theoretical perspectives very different from his. Together, the essays in this volume show the powerful ripple effects of Friedman's work on American and comparative legal sociology, American and comparative legal history, and the general sociology of law and legal change"--
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Alternative Names

controlled identityMayer, Lawrence M.

Fridmèn, Lourens.

Friedman, L. M. 1930-

Friedman, Lawrence

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Friedman, Lawrence M. (Lawrence Meir)

Friedman, Lawrence M. (Lawrence Meir), 1930-

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Friedman, Lawrence Meir 1930-

Friedmen, Lourens 1930-

Kirkwood, Marion Rice

Lawrence Meir Friedman

Meir Friedman, Lawrence 1930-

Фридмэн, Лоуренс 1930-

Фридмэн, Лоуренс Мейр

프리드만, 로렌스 M

프리드먼, 로렌스 M

프리드먼, 로렌스 메이어

フリードマン, ローレンス・M.


弗里德曼 1930-

English (386)

Italian (21)

German (12)

Chinese (10)

French (3)

Japanese (2)

Korean (1)

Crime and punishment in American historyAmerican law in the 20th centuryAmerican lawAmerican law and the constitutional order : historical perspectivesLaw in America : a short historyPrivate lives : families, individuals, and the lawThe horizontal societyTotal justice