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Confronting the Death Penalty: How Language Influences Jurors in Capital Cases

Robin Conley
Format
Book
Published
Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Language
English
Series
Oxford Studies in Language and Law
ISBN
9780199334162, 0199334161
Summary
"Confronting the Death Penalty probes how jurors make the ultimate decision about whether another human being should live or die. Drawing on ethnographic and qualitative linguistic methods, Robin Conley explores the means through which language helps to make death penalty decisions possible - how specific linguistic choices mediate and restrict jurors', attorneys', and judges' actions and experiences while serving and reflecting on capital trials."--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • Introduction : "that's the hardest thing I've ever had to do"
  • Doing death in Texas : studying jurors in the "death penalty state"
  • "I hope I'm strong enough to follow the law" : emotion and objectivity in capital jurors' decisions
  • Facing death : empathy, emotion, and embodied actions in jurors' decisions
  • Linguistic distance and the dehumanization of capital defendants
  • Agents of the state : Capital jurors' accountability for death sentences
  • Conclusion : linguistic dehumanization and democracy.
Description
xii, 237 pages ; 22 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-233) and index.
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