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Common Place of Law Stories from Everyday Life

ISBN-10: 0226227448
ISBN-13: 9780226227443
Edition: 1998
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Description: Why do some people not hesitate to call the police to quiet a barking dog in the middle of the night, while others accept the pain and losses associated with defective products, unsuccesful surgery, and discrimination? Patricia Ewick and Susan  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/6/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Why do some people not hesitate to call the police to quiet a barking dog in the middle of the night, while others accept the pain and losses associated with defective products, unsuccesful surgery, and discrimination? Patricia Ewick and Susan Silbey collected accounts of the law from more than four hundred people of diverse backgrounds in order to explore the different ways that people use and experience it. Their fascinating and original study identifies three common narratives of law that are captured in the stories people tell. One narrative is based on an idea of the law as magisterial and remote. Another views the law as a game with rules that can be manipulated to one's advantage. A third narrative describes the law as an arbitrary power that is actively resisted. Drawing on these extensive case studies, Ewick and Silbey present individual experiences interwoven with an analysis that charts a coherent and compelling theory of legality. A groundbreaking study of law and narrative, The Common Place of Law depicts the institution as it is lived: strange and familiar, imperfect and ordinary, and at the center of daily life.

Preface
Introduction
Millie Simpson
The Common Place of Law
The Social Construction of Legality
Stories of Legal Consciousness: Constructing Legality
Before the Law Rita Michaels Dwayne Franklin Standing before the Law
With the Law Charles Reed Nikos Stavros Playing with the Law
Against the Law Bess Sherman Jamie Leeson Up against the Law
Conclusions
Mystery and Resolution: Reconciling the Irreconcilable
Consciousness and Contradiction App
Research Strategies and Methods App
Who's Who in the Text
Notes
References
Index

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