The relationship between sociology and the lawhas not been a very stable one. It has barely passed from the stage of flirtation to that of courtship, though the dependence of each upon the other seems obvious enough to some scholars in each discipline. The two communities have long seemed content to live in symbiotic rather than commensal relations. There are a number of reasons why it is difficult to consummate a stable marriage at this time, if not in the long run.
Albert J. Reiss Jr.,
Law and Sociology: Some Issues for the 70's,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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