Judges, Judging and Humour

Judges, Judging and Humour

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This book examines social aspects of humour relating to the judiciary, judicial behaviour, and judicial work across different cultures and eras, identifying how traditionally recorded wit and humorous portrayals of judges reflect social attitudes to the judiciary over time. It contributes to cultural studies and social science/socio-legal studies of both humour and the role of emotions in the judiciary and in judging. It explores the surprisingly varied intersections between humour and the judiciary in several legal systems: judges as the target of humour; legal decisions regulating humour; the use of humour to manage aspects of judicial work and courtroom procedure; and judicial/legal figures and customs featuring in comic and satiric entertainment through the ages.
Delving into the multi-layered connections between the seriousness of the work of the judiciary on the one hand, and the lightness of humour on the other hand, this fascinating collection will be of particular interest to scholars of the legal system, the criminal justice system, humour studies, and cultural studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 335 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 28.7mm | 4,562g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2018
  • 18 Illustrations, color; 8 Illustrations, black and white; XXIII, 335 p. 26 illus., 18 illus. in color.
  • 3319767372
  • 9783319767376
  • 720,004

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This book examines social aspects of humour relating to the judiciary, judicial behaviour, and judicial work across different cultures and eras, identifying how traditionally recorded wit and humorous portrayals of judges reflect social attitudes to the judiciary over time. It contributes to cultural studies and social science/socio-legal studies of both humour and the role of emotions in the judiciary and in judging. It explores the surprisingly varied intersections between humour and the judiciary in several legal systems: judges as the target of humour; legal decisions regulating humour; the use of humour to manage aspects of judicial work and courtroom procedure; and judicial/legal figures and customs featuring in comic and satiric entertainment through the ages.
Delving into the multi-layered connections between the seriousness of the work of the judiciary on the one hand, and the lightness of humour on the other hand, this fascinating collection will be of particular interest to scholars of the legal system, the criminal justice system, humour studies, and cultural studies.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1. Thinking about Judges, Judging and Humour; Sharyn Roach Anleu and Jessica Milner Davis.- Part I Humour about Judges.- Chapter 2. Judges and Humour in Britain: From Anecdotes to Jokes; Christie Davies.- Chapter 3. Funny Judges; Marc Galanter.- Chapter 4. Justices on Stage; Jessica Milner Davis.- Part II Judges' use of Humour in the Courtroom.- Chapter 5. Judicial Humour and Inter-professional Relations in the Courtroom; Sharyn Roach Anleu and Kathy Mack.- Chapter 6. Humour in the Swedish Court; Asa Wettergren and Stina Bergman Blix.- Chapter 7. What's a Box of "Bakewell Tarts" Got to Do with It?; Leslie J. Moran.- Part III Judicial Decisions about Humour.- Chapter 8. How Judges Handle Humour Cases in Brazilian Courts; Joao Paulo Capelotti.- Chapter 9. Judicial Regulation of Humour in the United States; Laura E. Little.
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About Sharyn Roach Anleu

Jessica Milner Davis FRSN is a member of Clare Hall Cambridge, UK; a research associate at the University of Sydney, Australia, and Brunel University's Centre for Comedy Studies Research, UK; and past President of the International Society for Humor Studies.
Sharyn Roach Anleu is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia; a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia; and past President of The Australian Sociological Association.
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