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Reconstructing reality in the courtroom : justice and judgment in American culture

Author: W Lance Bennett; Martha S Feldman
Publisher: New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, 1984.
Series: Crime, law, and deviance series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The authors suggest that the American criminal trial is organized around storytelling. To document the validity of this theory, they make use of data from more than sixty trials covering a variety of offenses ranging from shoplifting to murder.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W Lance Bennett; Martha S Feldman
ISBN: 081350922X 9780813509228 0813510783 9780813510781
OCLC Number: 17246234
Description: x, 203 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: pt. I. Justice as an everyday process: Chap. 1. Storytelling in the courtroom.--
Chap. 2. Formal legal procedures and implicit judgment practices.--
pt. II. A Theory of story construction and social judgment: Chap. 3. Stories and the construction of legal judgments.--
Chap. 4. Truth and the structure of social judgment.--
pt. III. Creating the grounds for legal judgment: Chap. 5. Case construction strategies in trials.--
Chap. 6. Rhetorical tactics in case construction.--
pt. IV. Implications for a theory of trial justice: Chap. 7. Toward a theory of the criminal trial.--
Chap. 8. Bias in the trial justice system.
Series Title: Crime, law, and deviance series.
Responsibility: W. Lance Bennett and Martha S. Feldman.

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The authors suggest that the American criminal trial is organized around storytelling. To document the validity of this theory, they make use of data from more than sixty trials covering a variety of offenses ranging from shoplifting to murder.

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