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Getting justice and getting even : legal consciousness among working-class Americans, Sally Engle Merry

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Getting justice and getting even : legal consciousness among working-class Americans
Title
Getting justice and getting even
Title remainder
legal consciousness among working-class Americans
Statement of responsibility
Sally Engle Merry
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Language
eng
Summary
"Ordinary Americans often bring family and neighborhood problems to court, seeking justice or revenge. The litigants in these local squabbles encounter law at its boundaries in the corridors of busy city courthouses, in the offices of court clerks, and in the church parlors used by mediation programs. Getting Justice and Getting Even concerns the legal consciousness of working class Americans and their experiences with court and mediation. Following cases into and through the courts, Sally Engle Merry provides an ethnographic study of local law and of the people who use it in a New England city. The litigants, primarily white, native-born, and working class, go to court because as part of mainstream America they feel entitled to use its legal system. Although neither powerful nor highly educated, they expect the law's support when they face intolerable infringements of their rights, privacy, and safety. Yet as personal problems enter the legal system and move through mediation sessions, clerk's hearings, and prosecutor's conferences, the citizen plaintiff rapidly loses control of the process. Court officials and mediators interpret and characterize the meaning of these experiences, reframing and categorizing them in different discourses. Some plaintiffs yield to these interpretations, but others resist, struggling to assert their own version of the problem. Ultimately, Merry exposes the paradox of legal entitlement. While going to court allows an individual to dominate domestic relationships, the litigant must increasingly yield control of the situation to the court that supplies that power"--Publisher description
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1944-2020
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Merry, Sally Engle
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
KF379
LC item number
.M47 1990
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Language and legal discourse
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  • Law
  • Judicial process
  • Dispute resolution (Law)
  • Sociological jurisprudence
  • Law
  • Law
Label
Getting justice and getting even : legal consciousness among working-class Americans, Sally Engle Merry
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [211]-220) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The setting: two New England towns and their lower courts -- Legal consciousness and types of problems -- The social context of problems -- Problems and cases -- The discourses of the lower court -- Legal experience and legal consciousness -- Conclusions: The paradox of legal entitlement
Control code
20629342
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 227 pages
Isbn
9780226520681
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
89029627
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Getting justice and getting even : legal consciousness among working-class Americans, Sally Engle Merry
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [211]-220) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The setting: two New England towns and their lower courts -- Legal consciousness and types of problems -- The social context of problems -- Problems and cases -- The discourses of the lower court -- Legal experience and legal consciousness -- Conclusions: The paradox of legal entitlement
Control code
20629342
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 227 pages
Isbn
9780226520681
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
89029627
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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