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Porträtt på Lisa Flower. Foto: Emma Lord.

Lisa Flower

Biträdande universitetslektor

Porträtt på Lisa Flower. Foto: Emma Lord.

Doing Loyalty: Defense Lawyers' Subtle Dramas in the Courtroom

Författare

  • Lisa Flower

Summary, in English

The courtroom work of defense lawyers has received surprisingly little sociological attention. What does a defense lawyer actually do in court? How do defense lawyers represent their client beyond the hard paragraphs of the law? By studying this phenomenon in a context where the scope for expressive gestures is limited, it is possible to gain a greater understanding into the often subtle ways in which legal teamwork is performed. This article draws on ethnographic field notes from courtrooms in Sweden to explore how defense lawyers, who have taken an oath to loyally represent clients, do this using (1) little dramatic productions, (2) little dramatic reductions, and (3) directions of teammates. These strategies are found to involve the use of props and the body in order to perform vicarious face-saving practices necessary to maintain professional face and teamface and to manage face threats. Each of these strategies reproduce and reinforce the emotional regime of the courtroom. A Goffmanian framework is used to show how emotions are managed in the courtroom in order to conform to the emotional regime. The findings therefore show how defense lawyers not only represent their clients juridically but also interactionally and introduces the new term “little dramatic reductions,” which is also relevant to other professions involving loyalty and teamwork.

Avdelning/ar

  • Sociologi

Publiceringsår

2018-04-01

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

226-254

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

Volym

47

Issue

2

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

SAGE Publications

Ämne

  • Sociology

Nyckelord

  • impression management, emotions, law, sociology of emotions, teamwork, loyalty

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0891-2416