The Social World of an English Crown Court: Witnesses and Professionals in the Crown Court Centre…

Hardcover | November 1, 1994

byPaul Rock

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The Social World of an English Crown Court is the first ethnographic study of a Crown Court Centre. It also describes the origins and early history of a pioneering project to support victims and prosecution witnesses appearing before the court-the Witness Support Project. Paul Rock analyses the major divide which exists in the life of the court between professional insiders and public outsiders. He describes how this divide created problems for witnesses and how the project set out to alleviate this. He provides details of how this division is built into courtarchitecture, administration, and social relations, and examines how it stems from the preoccupation of court officials with the control of knowledge, public order, and emotion.

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The Social World of an English Crown Court is the first ethnographic study of a Crown Court Centre. It also describes the origins and early history of a pioneering project to support victims and prosecution witnesses appearing before the court-the Witness Support Project. Paul Rock analyses the major divide which exists in the life of...

Paul Rock is a Professor of Sociology at London School of Economics.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:November 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198258437

ISBN - 13:9780198258438

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`should be of interest to anyone seeking to understand the working of the criminal justice system in England and Wales ... a highly detailed observational analysis of the way in which witnesses are routinely excluded from the insiders' world ... Rock provides a meticulously observed accountwhich is both fascinating in itself and capable of providing a solid basis for his own and others' analysis'British Journal of Sociology