Credibility in Court: Communicative Practices in the Camorra Trials

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Conversations between AIDS counsellors and their client bring delicate and potentially threatening issues into play. In this study Anssi Perakyla applies the principles of conversation analysis to his exploration of AIDS counselling, using data from video-recorded counselling sessions in a London teaching hospital. He meticulously analyzes these data to show how various questioning techniques - in this case arising from the Milan School Family Systems theory - operate in these situations, and how counsellors ...
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Overview

Conversations between AIDS counsellors and their client bring delicate and potentially threatening issues into play. In this study Anssi Perakyla applies the principles of conversation analysis to his exploration of AIDS counselling, using data from video-recorded counselling sessions in a London teaching hospital. He meticulously analyzes these data to show how various questioning techniques - in this case arising from the Milan School Family Systems theory - operate in these situations, and how counsellors attempt through the design and placement of their questions to achieve the cooperation of their clients, with varying success. His conclusions provide a timely and illuminating insight into the management of a sensitive topic through various techniques of indirectness.
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Review of the hardback: 'I was totally absorbed by this book. Jacquemet has that typical gift of ethnographer: he tells a good tale and he rightly does not allow his learning and academic imperatives to divert him from the task at hand.' Paul Robertshaw, Journal of Sociolinguistics
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: men of honor, men of truth 1
2 How belonging to a community became a crime 19
3 The simulacra of the pentiti 58
4 On credibility: the pentito and the judge 95
5 On knowledge: the pentiti's narrative strategies 131
6 On indirectness: pentito versus defense lawyer 159
7 On accountability: pentito versus judge 181
8 On respect: pentito versus defendant 217
9 On truth: pentito versus pentito 250
10 Justice, discourse, and society 287
Appendix 297
References 304
Author index 320
Subject index 322
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