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Storytelling rituals in jury deliberations

Rossner, Meredith (2019) Storytelling rituals in jury deliberations. Oñati Socio-legal Series,. ISSN 2079-5971

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Abstract

Research on jury deliberation tends to focus on deliberative outcomes, such as verdict decisions. Less attention is paid to the actual process of deliberation. This paper analyzes a video recording of a mock jury deliberation in a simulated criminal trial, focusing on facial expression, gesture, and discourse. Drawing on ethnomethodology and micro-sociological theories of ritual, I examine how jurors make sense of the evidence presented to them and how they work together to collectively produce a coherent narrative of events. I argue that a focus on the ritual dynamics of the deliberation help to understand how such a co-production can occur.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The Author
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 28 May 2019 17:06
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2020 00:29
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/100894

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