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Transparency, Power, and Control: Perspectives on Legal Communication

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Edited by: Vijay K. Bhatia, Christoph A. Hafner, Lindsay Miller, Anne Wagner

ISBN13: 9781409432845
Published: January 2012
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This book brings together academics and practitioners from a range of disciplines from more than twenty countries to reflect on the growing importance of transparency, power and control in our international community and how these concerns and ideas have been examined, used and interpreted in a range of national and international contexts. Contributors explore these issues from a range of overlapping concerns and perspectives, such as semiotic, sociolinguistic, psychological, philosophical, and visual in diverse socio-political, administrative, institutional, as well as legal contexts.

The collection examines the ways in which 'actors' in our society - legislators, politicians, activists, and artists - have provoked public discourses to confront these issues.

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Contents:
Preface
Transparency, power, and control in legal communication, Vijay K. Bhatia, Christoph A. Hafner, Lindsay Miller and Anne Wagner
Part I Theorizing Transparency, Control and Power in Legal Communication: Linguistic uncertainty and legal transparency: statutory interpretation in China and Australia, Deborah Cao
The power of legal conditionals in international contracts, Celina Frade
The directive and persuasive style of a legislative speech act and the transformations thereof (illustrated with the Polish legal discourse), Irena Szczepankowska
Zorkin v. Morschakova: legal dispute in rhetorical terms, Anita Soboleva
A dialogical and polyphonic approach to contract theory, André Bélanger and Andy van Drom
What EU legislative texts reveal about power, control and transparency, Colin Robertson
Towards an objective means of measuring governmental legitimacy, M. Douglass Bellis.
Part II Visualizing and Contextualizing Transparency, Power and Control: Battle of the sexters: teens celling sex in a world wide web of conflicting laws, values and social norms, Michelle L. Wirth
Visualizing the terrorist risk in President Bush's war on terror and Peter Jackson's The Two Towers, Anita Lam
Hearing and belonging: on sounds, faith, and laws, Massimo Leone
Terror Australis, Maria Giannocopoulos
'The unbearable whiteness of Beckham': semiotics and political recoding of the contemporary celebrity, David Tan
Warhol: images of infamy and underpinning power, Oliver Watts
Index.