Collection development in Law and Society should support:
GENERAL SUBJECT BOUNDARIES
The Law & Society curriculum studies the relationship between law and human behavior and the role of law in society. The collection will address the three primary areas of study: philosophies of law, law as a social institution, and law and government.
Particular areas of current interest include:
The Law and Society concentration is closely integrated with the Sociology department, and its collection should reflect this. There is also significant overlap with the interests of the following departments and other interdisciplinary programs, all of which also have independent collection budgets: American Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies.
TYPES OF MATERIALS COLLECTED
The Law and Society monograph collection should concentrate on scholarly works, but serious books for a general audience may be appropriate, particularly on current legal issues. There is interest in video for use in the classroom, particularly documentaries. The study of legal issues often relies on access to U.S. government documents. Some faculty have interest in electronic access to large data sets.
FORMAT OF MATERIALS COLLECTED
All formats are relevant.
Most material should be in English to facilitate use by the majority of students.
The U.S. is the general geographic area of interest.
Emphasis is clearly on the institutions and values of modernity: Western society from the 17th century to the present.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND MANUSCRIPTS
Special Collections collects all faculty monograph publications, as part of the Kenyon Authors collection, and all Honors Theses written by seniors at Kenyon.
OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE
Kenyon's connection to the CONSORT and OhioLINK groups is a vital resource in a discipline as broad as Sociology, and students and faculty should be educated about using them effectively.
CREATION DATE AND REVISION HISTORY
Created April 2010 by Julia Glynn Warga, Social Sciences Librarian, in consultation with the Law and Society Faculty.
Relevant LC classes include BJ (Ethics), HV (Social Pathology/Criminology), JZ (International Relations/Law), and K (Law).