Lowering The Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture

Paperback | August 8, 2006

byMarc Galanter

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What do you call 600 lawyers at the bottom of the sea? Marc Galanter calls it an opportunity to investigate the meanings of a rich and time-honored genre of American humor: lawyer jokes. Lowering the Bar analyzes hundreds of jokes from Mark Twain classics to contemporary anecdotes about Dan Quayle, Johnnie Cochran, and Kenneth Starr. Drawing on representations of law and lawyers in the mass media, political discourse, and public opinion surveys, Galanter finds that the increasing reliance on law has coexisted uneasily with anxiety about the “legalization” of society. Informative and always entertaining, his book explores the tensions between Americans’ deep-seated belief in the law and their ambivalence about lawyers.

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What do you call 600 lawyers at the bottom of the sea? Marc Galanter calls it an opportunity to investigate the meanings of a rich and time-honored genre of American humor: lawyer jokes. Lowering the Bar analyzes hundreds of jokes from Mark Twain classics to contemporary anecdotes about Dan Quayle, Johnnie Cochran, and Kenneth Starr. D...

Marc Galanter is the John and Rylla Bosshard Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Centennial Professor in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.3 inPublished:August 8, 2006Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299213544

ISBN - 13:9780299213541

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Lowering the Bar should be on the shelves of all humor scholars as a work of reference, on the shelves of all lawyers as a source of self-insight and to bring them repentance and on the shelves of anyone who likes to laugh at jokes.”—Christie Davies, HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research