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The analysis of legal cases : a narrative approach

Author: Flora Di Donato
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020. ©2020
Series: Law, language and communication.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book examines the roles played by narrative and culture in the construction of legal cases and their resolution. It is articulated in two parts. Part I recalls epistemological turns in legal thinking as it moves from theory to practice in order to show how facts are constructed within the legal process. By combining interdisciplinary paradigms and methods, the work analyses the evolution of facts from their  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Flora Di Donato
ISBN: 9780415788939 0415788935
OCLC Number: 1089274470
Description: xx, 302 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Culture, narrative and law --
The narrative turn in the legal field --
Fact-finding: contexts, roles and methods --
Rediscovering the role of the client --
The lawyer as translator --
The judge as a creative decision maker --
Lay people in action : natives' stories --
Lay people in action : foreigners' stories --
Collaborative lawyering and story construction: asylum seekers' stories --
Conclusions : moving towards new directions of narrative theory and clinical-legal research.
Series Title: Law, language and communication.
Responsibility: Flora Di Donato.

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"This book examines the roles played by narrative and culture in the construction of legal cases and their resolution. It is articulated in two parts. Part I recalls epistemological turns in legal thinking as it moves from theory to practice in order to show how facts are constructed within the legal process. By combining interdisciplinary paradigms and methods, the work analyses the evolution of facts from their expression by the client to their translation within the lawyer-client relationship and the subsequent decision of the judge, focusing on the dynamic activity of narrative construction among the key actors: client, lawyer and judge. Part II expands the scientific framework toward a law-and-culture-oriented perspective, illustrating how legal stories come about in the fabric of the authentic dimensions of everyday life. The book stresses the capacity of laypeople, who in this activity are equated with clients, to shape the law, dealing not just with formal rules, but also with implicit or customary rules, in given contexts. By including the illustration of cases concerning vulnerable clients, it lays the foundations for developing a socio-clinical research programme, whose aims including enabling lay and expert actors to meet for the purposes of improving forms of collective narrations and generating more just legal systems."--

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