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Just Words

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John M. ConleyWilliam Rand Kenan Jr Professor of Law, University of North Carolina Law School, USA, William M. O'BarrChair of the Cultural Anthropology Department, Duke University, USA

ISBN13: 9780226114866
ISBN: 0226114864
Published: March 1999
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Is it ""just words"" when a lawyer cross-examines a rape victim in the hopes of getting her to admit an interest in her attacker? Is it ""just words"" when the Supreme Court hands down a decision or when business people draw-up a contract? In tackling the question of how an abstract entity exerts concrete power, this text focuses on what has become a central issue in law and language research: what language reveals about the nature of legal power.;The authors show how the microdynamics of the legal process and the largest questions of justice can be fruitfully explored through the field of linguistics. Each chapter covers a language-based approach to a different area of the law, from the cross-examinations of victims and witnesses to the inequities of divorce mediation.;Combining analysis of common legal events with a broad range of scholarship on language and law, this volume seeks the reality of power in the everyday practice and application of the law.

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Preface Acknowledgments Note on Transcript Conventions 1: The Politics of Law and the Science of Talk 2: The Revictimization of Rape Victims 3: The Language of Mediation 4: Speaking of Patriarchy 5: A Natural History of Disputing 6: The Discourses of Law In Cross-Cultural Perspective 7: The Discourses of Law in Historical Perspective 8: Conclusion Notes References Index