Law and the Language of Identity: Discourse in the William Kennedy Smith Rape Trial / Edition 1

Law and the Language of Identity: Discourse in the William Kennedy Smith Rape Trial / Edition 1

by Gregory M. Matoesian, Greg M. Matoesian
     
 

In this volume, Gregory Matoesian uses the notorious 1991 rape trial of William Kennedy Smith to provide an in-depth analysis of language use and its role in that specific trial as well as in the law in general. He draws on the fields of conversation analysis, ethnomethodology, linguistic anthropology and social theory to show how language practices shape—and

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In this volume, Gregory Matoesian uses the notorious 1991 rape trial of William Kennedy Smith to provide an in-depth analysis of language use and its role in that specific trial as well as in the law in general. He draws on the fields of conversation analysis, ethnomethodology, linguistic anthropology and social theory to show how language practices shape—and are shaped by—culture and the law, particularly in the social construction of rape as a legal fact. This analysis examines linguistic strategies from both defense and prosecutorial viewpoints, and how they relate to issues of gender, sexual identity, and power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195123302
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Transcription
Introduction
1. Overview of the William Kennedy Smith Rape Trial
PART I: REPETITION IN THE PATRIARCHAL ORDER
2. Rhythms of Domination and the Gender of Inconsistency
3. Poetics of Space, Direction, and Movement
PART II: INTERTEXTUALITY
4. Intertextuality, Reported Speech, and Affect
5. Production Media and Intertextual Authority in Reported Speech
PART III: THE CONSTRUCTION AND DECONSTRUCTION OF EXPERT IDENTITY
6. The Grammaticalization of Participant Roles in the Constitution of Expert Identity
7. Constructing Age Identity in Expert Testimony
PART IV: LANGUAGE AND LEGAL CHANGE
8. The Microdynamics of Legal Change
Notes
References
Index

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