The Cultural Lives of Cause Lawyers / Edition 1

The Cultural Lives of Cause Lawyers / Edition 1

by Austin Sarat
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521711355

ISBN-13: 9780521711357

Pub. Date: 02/29/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book seeks to illuminate what we call the cultural lives of cause lawyers by examining their representation in various popular media (including film, fiction, mass-marketed nonfiction, television, and journalism), the work they do as creators of cultural products, and the way those representations and products are received and consumed by various audiences. By

Overview

This book seeks to illuminate what we call the cultural lives of cause lawyers by examining their representation in various popular media (including film, fiction, mass-marketed nonfiction, television, and journalism), the work they do as creators of cultural products, and the way those representations and products are received and consumed by various audiences. By attending to media representations and the culture work done by cause lawyers, we can see what material is available for citizens and others to use in fashioning understandings of those lawyers. This book also provides a vehicle for determining whether, how, and to what extent cause lawyering is embedded in the discourses and symbolic practices around which ordinary citizens organize their understanding of social, political, and legal life.

This book brings together research on the legal profession and work that takes up the analysis of popular culture. Contributors include scholars of popular culture who turn their attention to cause lawyers and experts on cause lawyering who in turn focus their attention on popular culture. This is a joining of perspectives that is both long overdue and fruitful for both kinds of scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521711357
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2008
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Contributors     xi
Bringing Cultural Analysis to the Study of Cause Lawyers: An Introduction   Austin Sarat   Stuart Scheingold     1
The Cultural Work of Cause Lawyers
"No sacrifice is too great for the Cause!": Cause(less) Lawyering and the Legal Trials and Tribulations of Gone   With the Wind   William P. MacNeil     27
Purpose-Driven Lawyers: Evangelical Cause Lawyering and the Culture War   Kevin R. den Dulk     56
Cause Lawyers and Cracker Culture at the Constructive Edge: A "Band of Brothers" Defeats Big Tobacco   Tim Howard     79
The Cultural Construction of Lawyers and Their Causes
"They all have different policies, so of course they have to give different news": Images of Human Rights Lawyers in the British Press   Richard J. Maiman     141
Ed Fagan and the Ethics of Causes: Who Stole Identity Politics?   Valerie Karno     172
Of Windmills and Wetlands: The Press and the Romance of Property Rights   Laura J. Hatcher     188
"The Kids are Alright": Cause Lawyering on Television in 1960s America   Thomas M. Hilbink     203
Nothing to Believe In - Lawyers in Contemporary Films About Public Interest Litigation   Michael McCann   William Haltom     230
"Of course he juststood there; he's the law": Two Depictions of Cause Lawyers in Post-Authoritarian Chile   Stephen Meili     253
Paulina Escobar as Cause Lawyer: "Litigating" Human Rights in the Shadows of Death and the Maiden   Ben Fleury-Steiner   Aaron Fichtelberg     278
The Cultural Reception of Lawyers and Their Causes
Cause Lawyering "English Style": Reading Rumpole of the Bailey   Leslie J. Moran     297
Now You See It, Now You Don't: Cause Lawyering, Popular Culture, and A Civil Action   Stuart A. Scheingold     331
Not What They Expected: Legal Services Lawyers in the Eyes of Legal Services Clients   Corey S. Shdaimah     359
Index     389

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