Versions of the Law

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Essay #: 071266
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Versions of the Law
The nature of the law is often debated by a number of legal experts, sociologists and other researchers. One version of the law is known as the official version of the law. Elizabeth Comack (2006) quotes Ngaire Naffine as saying,
The official version of law-what the legal world would have
us believe about itself- is that it is an impartial, neutral and objective system for resolving social conflict
(p. 20).
The official version of the law suggests that the law as an institution is concerned with resolving social conflict in an impartial, neutral and objective way. Naffine seems to doubt this version of the law.
Skepticism regarding the official version of the law has resulted in the creation of other versions of the...
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..... legal system is built upon a number of stereotypes and assumptions. These are used to create the impression that women, racial minorities and low-income people are inherently inferior. As a result women, racial minorities and low-income people are discriminated against by the legal system.
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Newman, J. and White, L. A. (2006). The Women’s Movement in
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