Theoretical Approaches And The Sociology Of Law

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The official version of the law (OVL) is “what the legal world would have us believe about itself – is that it is an impartial, neutral and objective system for resolving conflict” (Comack, 2014, p. 11). Prior to reflecting on course material I would have undoubtedly accepted the OVL, however, at this time I believe our Canadian legal system and criminal justice system lack the ability to be impartial, neutral, and objective, therefore requiring considerable changes. The chapters in which utmost enhanced my understanding of the sociology of law were “Theoretical Approaches and the Sociology of Law” by Elizabeth Comack and “Standing Against Canadian Law: Naming Omissions of Race, Culture, and Gender” by Patricia Monture as they explain and demonstrate the inequalities marginalized groups must endure at the hands of the law.…show more content…
Thus, Monture exposed that not everyone is equal before the law and due to factors such as socioeconomic status, race, gender, and the like numerous people are held to a much more uncompromising standard that places them at a significant disadvantage. Monture outlined the intersecting oppression that is part of her social reality as a Mohawk woman even though “Canadian law operates to exclude, omit, and deny differences” because it ideologically presents itself as neutral (Monture, 2014, p. 70). As a white female in the Canadian society I’ve felt oppression as a result of my gender, however, Monture has expanded my understanding of the sociology of law through unveiling the intersectionality numerous citizens are forced to withstand due to our Canadian legal and criminal justice
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