Locating Law, 3rd Edition

“Race/Class/Gender/Sexuality Connections

Edited by Elizabeth Comack  

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Praise for the second edition: “This book is the best available for teaching the role of law in society and making sense of how it operates within the (inter)connections of race, class and gender dynamics often perpetuating oppression. … Locating Law is essential for undergraduate students in justice, sociology and criminology.” – Margot Hurlbert, University of Regina

“Students regularly tell me that Locating Law is their favourite book out of the selections for the Law and Society course. The case studies are sufficiently different from one another that the students deepen their general knowledge, and they appreciate the fact that the chapters are written in a style they can understand.” – Jennifer Jarman, Lakehead University

A primary concern within the study of law has been to understand the “law-society” relation. Underlying this concern is the belief that law has a distinctly social basis; it both shapes – and is shaped by – the society in which it operates. This book explores the law-society relation by locating law within the nexus of race/class/gender/sexuality relations in society.

In addition to updating the material in the theoretical and substantive chapters, this third edition of Locating Law includes three new contributions: sentencing law and Aboriginal peoples; corporations and the law; and obscenity and indecency legislation. The analyses offered in the book are sure to generate discussion and debate and, in the process, enhance our understanding of law’s location.

  • Crime & Law
  • ISBN: 9781552666579
  • February 2014
  • 336 Pages
  • $45.00
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  • ISBN: 9781773633244
  • May 2020
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  • ISBN: 9781773633251
  • May 2020
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  • Introduction
  • Section One: Theoretical Approaches In the Sociology of Law Theoretical Excursions (Elizabeth Comack)
  • Section Two: Racism and the Law Introduction
  • Standing Against Canadian Law: Naming Omissions of Race, Culture, and Gender (Patricia Monture)
  • “Managing” Canadian Immigration: Racism, Racialization, and the Law (Lisa Marie Jakubowski & Elizabeth Comack)
  • Colonialism, Systemic Discrimination,  and the Crisis of Indigenous Over-incarceration: Challenges of Reforming the Sentencing Process (David Milward & Debra Parkes)
  • Section Three: Class Interests and the Law Introduction
  • Locating Labour Law: Conflicting Perspectives and the Case of Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (Eric Tucker)
  • The Breakdown of Canada’s Corporate Crime Laws: Rhetoric versus Reality (Steven Bittle & Laureen Snider)
  • The Construction of “Welfare Fraud” and the Wielding of the State’s Iron Fist (Janet E. Mosher)
  • Section Four: Gender, Sexuality, and the Law Introduction
  • Feminism, Law, and “The Family”: Assessing the Reform Legacy (Dorothy E. Chunn)
  • “Sex Was in the Air”: Pernicious Myths and Other Problems with Sexual Violence Prosecutions (Karen Busby)
  • Governing Obscenity and Indecency in Canada (Richard Jochelson & Kirsten Kramar)


  • Elizabeth Comack

    University of Manitoba

    Elizabeth Comack is a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Manitoba. Over the past four decades she has written and conducted research on a variety of social justice topics. Her most recent book is Coming Back to Jail: Women, Trauma, and Criminalization. Elizabeth’s current research projects stem from her involvement in the Manitoba Research Alliance, a large consortium of academics and community partners engaged in SSHRC-funded research that addresses poverty in Indigenous and inner-city communities, and with Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, which is conducting a project entitled “Meeting Survivors’ Needs: Gender-Based Violence and the Criminal Justice System in Inuit Nunangat.”

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