Ideology in the Language of Judges

Ideology in the Language of Judges : How Judges Practice Law, Politics, and Courtroom Control

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Philips looks at the languages of judges in the courtroom to show that, while judges see themselves as impartial agents of the constitutional right to due process, there is actually much diversity in the way that judges interract with defendants due to their interpretations of the law, their attitudes toward courtroom control, and their own political-ideological stances regarding due process. She uses courtroom transcripts, interviews, and the written law itself to show how ideological diversity is organized in legal more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 161 x 237.2 x 20.3mm | 544.32g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195113403
  • 9780195113402

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Conclusions are firmly embedded in rigorous observation and data analysis by Philips and represent an important contribution to studies of legal discourse. * Word * In a time when some scholars are bemoaning an apparent drop in attention to the role of ideology in legal settings, Philip's new book comes as a welcome intervention. The author uses fine-grained analysis of courtroom language to reveal the pervasive influence of ideology on trial court judges' practices. Followers of Philip's pioneering work in legal language will not be disappointed; the volume lives up to the exacting standard she set for the field of courtroom (and classroom) discourse. * Language in Society * Ideology in the Language of Judges gives evidence that people do not compartmentalize their beliefs, however much they may wish to or belive that they are capable of it. Ideology reveals itself in behavior and speech. Susan Philips is an anthropologist who decide to study culture and social structure in the U.S. court system. To acquaint herself with the 'language'' she attended a year of law school. * Notes on LInguistics *show more

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