This highly topical series addresses some of the most important questions and areas of research in Law and Society. Each volume is designed by a leading expert to appraise the current state of thinking and probe the key questions for future research on a particular topic. The series encompasses some of the most pressing issues in the field, ranging from gender, sexuality and the law, medicine and health, through to the impacts of punishment and social control and the sociology of law. Each Research Handbook comprises specially-commissioned chapters from leading academics, and practitioners, as well as those with an emerging reputation and is written with a global readership in mind. Equally useful as reference tools or high-level introductions to specific topics, issues and debates, these Research Handbooks will be used by academic researchers, postgraduate students, practising lawyers and policy makers.