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Reproducing Rape: Domination Through Talk in the Courtroom / Edition 1
     

Reproducing Rape: Domination Through Talk in the Courtroom / Edition 1

by Gregory M. Matoesian
 

ISBN-10: 0226510808

ISBN-13: 9780226510804

Pub. Date: 06/28/1993

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


This book offers new insight into one of the most disturbing social problems of modern societies: rape. Using tape recordings of actual trials, Gregory M. Matoesian looks at the social construction of rape trials and at how a woman's experience of violation can be transformed in the courtroom into an act of routine, consensual sex.

Matoesian examines the

Overview


This book offers new insight into one of the most disturbing social problems of modern societies: rape. Using tape recordings of actual trials, Gregory M. Matoesian looks at the social construction of rape trials and at how a woman's experience of violation can be transformed in the courtroom into an act of routine, consensual sex.

Matoesian examines the language of the courtroom, focusing on how defense lawyers interpret and classify rape in a way that makes the victim's experience appear as a normal sexual encounter. He analyzes the language that defense attorneys use in cross-examination to argue that courtroom talk can shape the victim's testimony to fit male standards of legitimate sexual practice. On this view, cross-examination is an adversarial war of words through which lawyers manipulate reality and perpetuate the patriarchal domination of women.

Reproducing Rape will interest students and professionals in law, criminology, sociology, feminist theory, linguistics, and anthropology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226510804
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/28/1993
Series:
Chicago Series in Law and Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Preface
Introduction
1. The Social Facticity of Rape
2. Introduction to the Sociology of Talk
3. Methodology and Data Collection
4. The Turn-taking Model for Natural Conversation
5. Talk and Power in the Rape Trial
6. From Social Structure to the Duality of Structure
References
Index

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