Law and the Language of Identity: Discourse in the William Kennedy Smith Rape Trial

Paperback | August 15, 2001

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In this volume, Gregory Matoesian uses the notorious 1991 rape trial of William Kennedy Smith to provide an in-depth analysis of language use and its role in that specific trial as well as in the law in general. He draws on the fields of conversation analysis, ethnomethodology, linguisticanthropology and social theory to show how language practices shape--and are shaped by--culture and the law, particularly in the social construction of rape as a legal fact. This analysis examines linguistic strategies from both defense and prosecutorial viewpoints, and how they relate to issues ofgender, sexual identity, and power.

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In this volume, Gregory Matoesian uses the notorious 1991 rape trial of William Kennedy Smith to provide an in-depth analysis of language use and its role in that specific trial as well as in the law in general. He draws on the fields of conversation analysis, ethnomethodology, linguisticanthropology and social theory to show how lang...

Greg M. Matoesian is at University of Illinois, Chicago.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195123301

ISBN - 13:9780195123302

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Notes on TranscriptionIntroduction1. Overview of the William Kennedy Smith Rape TrialPART I: REPETITION IN THE PATRIARCHAL ORDER2. Rhythms of Domination and the Gender of Inconsistency3. Poetics of Space, Direction, and MovementPART II: INTERTEXTUALITY4. Intertextuality, Reported Speech, and Affect5. Production Media and Intertextual Authority in Reported SpeechPART III: THE CONSTRUCTION AND DECONSTRUCTION OF EXPERT IDENTITY6. The Grammaticalization of Participant Roles in the Constitution of Expert Identity7. Constructing Age Identity in Expert TestimonyPART IV: LANGUAGE AND LEGAL CHANGE8. The Microdynamics of Legal ChangeNotesReferencesIndex

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"This work is at the cutting edge of contemporary sociolinguistic theory. Law and the Language of Identity reflects a very high level of scholarship. The technical linguistic analysis is particularly brilliant."--Susan Hirsch, Author of Pronouncing and Persevering and Professor of Anthropologyand Women's Studies at Wesleyan University