The Cultural Lives of Cause Lawyers by Austin SaratThe Cultural Lives of Cause Lawyers by Austin Sarat

The Cultural Lives of Cause Lawyers

EditorAustin Sarat, Stuart Scheingold

Paperback | March 10, 2008

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This book seeks to illuminate what we call the cultural lives of cause lawyers by examining their representation in various popular media (including film, fiction, mass-marketed non-fiction, television, and journalism), the work they do as creators of cultural products, and the way those representations and products are received and consumed by various audiences. By attending to media representations and the culture work done by cause lawyers, we can see what material is available for citizens and others to use in fashioning understandings of those lawyers. This book also provides a vehicle for determining whether, how, and to what extent cause lawyering is embedded in the discourses and symbolic practice around which ordinary citizens organize their understanding of social, political, and legal life. This book brings together research on the legal profession with work that takes up the analysis of popular culture. Contributors to this work include scholars of popular culture who turn their attention to cause lawyers and experts on cause lawyering who in turn focus their attention on popular culture. This is a joining of perspectives that is both long overdue and fruitful for both kinds of scholarship.
Stuart Scheingold, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, has written widely on rights, the politics of crime and punishment, cause lawyering, and, early in his career, on law and politics in the European Union. Given this range of interests, the CLASS program, with its comparative focus and interdisciplinary resources, provides a un...
Title:The Cultural Lives of Cause LawyersFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:416 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:March 10, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521711355

ISBN - 13:9780521711357


Table of Contents

Part I. The Cultural Work of Cause Lawyers: 1. No sacrifice is too great for the cause!: cause(less) lawyering and the legal trials and tribulations of Gone with the Wind; 2. Purpose driven lawyers: evangelical cause lawyering and the culture war; 3. Cause lawyers and cracker culture at the constructive edge: a 'band of brothers' defeats big tobacco; Part II. The Cultural Construction of Lawyers and Their Causes: 4. 'They all have different policies, so of course they have to give different news': images of human rights lawyers in the British press; 5. Ed Fagan and the ethics of causes: who stole identity politics?; 6. Of windmills and wetlands: the press and the romance of property rights; 7. 'The kids are alright': cause lawyering on television in 1960s America; 8. Nothing to believe in: lawyers in contemporary films about public interest litigation; 9. 'Of course he just stood there; he's the law': two depictions of cause lawyers in post-authoritarian Chile; 10. Paulina Escobar as cause lawyer: 'litigating' human rights in the shadows of Death and the Maiden; Part III. The Cultural Reception of Lawyers and Their Causes: 11. Cause lawyering 'English style': reading Rumpole of the Bailey; 12. Now you see it, now you don't: cause lawyering, popular culture, and a civil action; 13. Not what they expected: legal services lawyers in the eyes of legal services clients.

Editorial Reviews

"...interesting and provocative..."
---Philip Slayton, Former Dean of Law at the University of Western Ontario, Author of Lawyers Gone Bad: Money, Sex and Madness in Canada's Legal Profession, Ottawa Law Review