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Just Words: Law, Language, and Power (Chicago Series in Law and Society)
Is it "just words" when a lawyer cross-examines a rape victim in the hopes of getting her to admit an interest in her attacker? Is it "just words" when the Supreme Court hands down a decision or when business people draw up a contract? In tackling the question of how an abstract entity exerts concrete power, Just Words focuses on what has become the central issue in law an...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 184 pages
Published June 20th 2005 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published August 1st 1998)
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An accessible but linguistically focused study of a range of legal topics. Personally, I would have preferred greater in-depth analysis of court transcripts as opposed to the broader theoretical debates on legal anthropological studies but that doesn't detract from an engaging and perceptive text.