Social Consciousness in Legal Decision Making: Psychological Perspectives by Richard L. WienerSocial Consciousness in Legal Decision Making: Psychological Perspectives by Richard L. Wiener

Social Consciousness in Legal Decision Making: Psychological Perspectives

byRichard L. WienerEditorBrian H. Bornstein, Robert Schopp

Paperback | November 4, 2010

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Our basic assumption about the law is that it is designed to operate fairly and openly. But with human beings as the ultimate decision makers, how do we prevent discrimination within the legal arena, and how does the law decide whether others have behaved in a discriminatory manner?Social Consciousness in Legal Decision Makingexamines four controversial areas involving people's perceptions of others-racial profiling, affirmative action, workplace harassment, and hate speech/hate crime-from the perspectives of psychology, decision theory, and the law.

This book's contributing experts raise these critical questions:

  • How valid are legal assumptions about human behavior?
  • What cognitive processes underlie biased behavior?
  • What do personal experience and situational cues contribute to decision making?
  • How do individuals' perceptions of the law influence their judgment?
  • Can psychology help legislators write more effective laws?

In answering them, the book:

  • Compares rational, descriptive, and normative decision-making models in legal contexts
  • Provides important insights into legal decision making by non-specialists (police, administrators, jurors)
  • Clarifies and broadens the role of social science in the courts
  • Promotes improved dialogue between the field of psychology and law to create a more socially aware jurisprudence.

Social Consciousness in Legal Decision Makinginvites the legal and psychology communities to work together in solving some of our most pressing social problems.

Title:Social Consciousness in Legal Decision Making: Psychological PerspectivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.01 inPublished:November 4, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1441942769

ISBN - 13:9781441942760

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Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Law and Everyday Decision-Making: Rational, Descriptive, and Normative Models Richard L. Wiener, University of Nebraska at Lincoln Unit I. Investigative Profiling: Legal Developments and Empirical Research Chapter 2: The Rhetoric of Racial Profiling Sam R. Gross, University of Michigan Chapter 3: Racial Profiling, Attributions of Motive, and the Acceptance of Social Authority Tom R. Tyler, New York University Chapter 4: Analysis Racial Profiling as a Minority Issue Cynthia Willis-Esqueda, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Unit II. Affirmative Action: Legal Developments and Empirical Research Chapter 5: Affirmative Action and the Courts: From Plessy to Brown to Grutter, And Back? Mark R. Killenbeck, University of Arkansas Chapter 6: The University of Michigan Cases: Social Scientific Studies of Diversity and Fairness Faye J. Crosby, University of California, Santa Cruz Amy E. Smith, San Francisco State University Chapter 7: Social Science in the Courts: The View from Michigan Steven L. Willborn, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Unit III. Workplace Discrimination: Legal Developments and Empirical Research in Sexual Harassment Chapter 8: How can we make our research on sexual harassment more useful in legal decision- making? Barbara A. Guteks, University of Arizona Chapter 9: Totality of Circumstances in Sexual Harassment Decisions: A Decision Making Model Richard L. Wiener, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Ryan J. Winter, Florida International University Chapter 10: What Can Researchers Tell the Courts, and What Can the Courts Tell Researchers about Sexual Harassment? Brian H. Bornstein, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Meera Adya, Syracuse University Unit IV. Hate Speech and Hate Crimes: Legal Developments and Empirical Research Chapter 11: The Hate Crime Project and its Limitations: Evaluating the Societal Gains and Risk in Bias Crime Law Enforcement Frederick M. Lawrence, George Washington University Chapter 12: Implications of automatic and controlled processes in stereotyping for hate crime perpetration and litigation Margaret Bull Kovera, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Chapter 13: Implicit Bias and Hate Crimes: A Psychological Framework and Critical Race Theory Analysis Jennifer S. Hunt, University of Nebraska at Lincoln Chapter 14: Psychology and Legal Decision Making: Where Should We Go From Here?Erin M. Richter, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Richard L. Wiener, University of Nebraska-Lincoln