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By highlighting the underlying preconceptions and prejudices in the language of courtrooms today, this important book paves the way towards a fairer judicial system for the future.

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This is a feminist analysis of the language of sexual assault trials from the perspective of linguistics. The author argues that language is central to all legal settings, specifically sexual harrassment and aquaintance rape hearings. The book is based on evidence from case studies.

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Representing Rape is the first feminist analysis of the language of sexual assault trials from the perspective of linguists. Susan Ehrlich argues that language is central to all legal settings - specifically sexual harassment and acquaintance rape hearings where linguistic descriptions of the events are often the only type of evidence available. Language does not simply reflect but helps to construct the character of the people and events under investigation.

The book is based around a case study of the trial of a male student accused of two instances of sexual assault in two different settings: a university tribunal and a criminal trial. This case is situated within international studies on rape trials and is relevant to the legal systems of the US, Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. She shows how culturally-dominant notions about rape percolate through the talk of sexual assault cases in a variety of settings and ultimately shape their outcome. Ehrlich hopes that to understand rape trials in this way is to recognize their capacity for change. By highlighting the underlying preconceptions and prejudices in the language of courtrooms today, this important book paves the way towards a fairer judicial system for the future.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [159]-167) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415205221
Author:
Ehrlich, Susan
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Ehrlich Susan
Location:
London
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Criminal Law
Subject:
Rape
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
English language -- Discourse analysis.
Subject:
Semantics (Law)
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Series Volume:
IMS-14
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.17x6.17x.43 in. .66 lbs.

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Product details 192 pages Routledge - English 9780415205221 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This is a feminist analysis of the language of sexual assault trials from the perspective of linguistics. The author argues that language is central to all legal settings, specifically sexual harrassment and aquaintance rape hearings. The book is based on evidence from case studies.
"Synopsis" by , Representing Rape is the first feminist analysis of the language of sexual assault trials from the perspective of linguists. Susan Ehrlich argues that language is central to all legal settings - specifically sexual harassment and acquaintance rape hearings where linguistic descriptions of the events are often the only type of evidence available. Language does not simply reflect but helps to construct the character of the people and events under investigation.

The book is based around a case study of the trial of a male student accused of two instances of sexual assault in two different settings: a university tribunal and a criminal trial. This case is situated within international studies on rape trials and is relevant to the legal systems of the US, Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. She shows how culturally-dominant notions about rape percolate through the talk of sexual assault cases in a variety of settings and ultimately shape their outcome. Ehrlich hopes that to understand rape trials in this way is to recognize their capacity for change. By highlighting the underlying preconceptions and prejudices in the language of courtrooms today, this important book paves the way towards a fairer judicial system for the future.

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