LINGUIST List 27.602

Mon Feb 01 2016

Books: Discursive Constructions of Consent in the Legal Process: Ehrlich, Eades, Ainsworth (eds.)

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Date: 27-Jan-2016
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Subject: Discursive Constructions of Consent in the Legal Process: Ehrlich, Eades, Ainsworth (eds.)
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Title: Discursive Constructions of Consent in the Legal Process
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Language and Law
Published: 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Editor: Susan Ehrlich
Editor: Diana Eades
Editor: Janet Ainsworth
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199945351 Pages: 344 Price: U.S. $ 74.00

As a linguistically-grounded, critical examination of consent, this volume views consent not as an individual mental state or act but as a process that is interactionally-and discursively-situated. It highlights the ways in which legal consent is often fictional (at best) due to the impoverished view of meaning and the linguistic ideologies that typically inform interpretations and representations in the legal system. The authors are experts in linguistics and law, who use diverse theoretical and analytical approaches to examine the complex ways in which language is used to seek, negotiate, give, or withhold consent in a range of legal contexts.

Authors draw on case studies, or larger research corpora or a wider sociolegal approach, in investigations of: police-citizen interactions in the street, police interviews with suspects, police call handlers, rape and abduction trials, interactions with lay litigants in a multilingual small claims court, a restorative justice sentencing scheme for young offenders, biomedical research, and legal disputes over contracts.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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