Interactional Justice: The Role of Emotions in the Performance of Loyalty, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Interactional Justice

The Role of Emotions in the Performance of Loyalty, 1st Edition

By Lisa Flower


248 pages

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Hardback: 9780367248796
pub: 2019-11-29
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Interactional Justice explores the accomplishment of loyalty by focusing on defence lawyers’ work in the emotionally and interactionally constraining situation of the criminal trial.

By drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldnotes and interviews with lawyers, this sociological study brings their loyalty work to life and reveals to the reader the unwritten rules of emotional interactions. It presents how defence lawyers socially construct their duty of loyalty by negotiating informal and implicit professional and social expectations. This accomplishment demands emotion work and face work in order to perform a role which includes defending clients accused of heinous crimes and "losing" the majority of cases. As the defence team is central to this, the ways of doing teamwork are illustrated. Teamwork is also found to be essential between legal professionals to ensure that a criminal trial runs smoothly, thus this joint effort is explored.

Loyalty and teamwork are features of many professions, workplaces and aspects of social life making this book an essential tool for understanding strategies for their accomplishment. Focusing on courtroom emotions and interactions, the book suggests how trials can be made more user-friendly and provides guidance for newly qualified legal professionals. The use of ethnographic fieldnotes and interviews provides scholars and students in the social sciences, teaching, law and medicine with a colourful monograph which reveals and explains emotion and interaction rules. It also makes this book a useful tool for teaching and understanding qualitative research methods.

Table of Contents

1. Lawyers and Loyalty; 2. Legal Systems and Loyalty; 3. The Emotional Courtroom; 4. The Facework of Defence Lawyers; 5. The Emotion Work of Defence Lawyers; 6. Loyalty and Disloyalty; 7. The Teamwork of a Criminal Trial.

About the Author

Lisa Flower is a researcher and senior lecturer in sociology and criminology at Lund University, Sweden. Her research interests include the hidden emotion and interaction rules in courtrooms and the legal profession.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General