Title

Finding stories of justice in the art of conversation: ethnography in cultural legal studies

RIS ID

102328

Publication Details

Sharp, C. E. (2016). Finding stories of justice in the art of conversation: ethnography in cultural legal studies. In C. E. Sharp and M. Leiboff (Eds.), Cultural Legal Studies: Law's Popular Cultures and the Metamorphosis of Law (pp. 50-67). Oxford: Routledge.

Additional Publication Information

ISBN: 9781315755151

Abstract

Storytelling is one way in which to imagination is put to practical effect, and it is an effective stimulant and vehicle for connecting and transforming meaning and desire in relation to issues of law and justice. This is no more evident than in stories of justice as presented in media reports, which play an important role in provoking responses to issues such as ethics, crime, punishment and social responsibility. Because stories 'mediate the inner subjective world and the outer, objective world, the private and public aspects of our lives', it has been my consistent argument that not only do individuals use stories to frame and contextualise normative expectations of the legal system, but that they also concomitantly participate in the embodiment of law.

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