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Judge’s (Re)Presentation of Self

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Year of publication 2022
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Law

Description There are many folk ideas about what a judge is or should be. From images in literature to pop culture or mass media. In an ongoing project, we are testing the possibilities of the methods available within the social representations approach (Moscovici 1963) in studying conceptualization in law. The social representations approach stems from social psychology and its main benefit is the capability to explore shared folk meanings. We have conducted research to determine social representation of “a dignified judge” among practicing lawyers, using hierarchical evocation method (Abric 2005), as the concept of dignity is intertwined into the legal rules concerning the performance of the profession of a judge. The data indicates that the lawyers’ representation of a dignified judge is strongly linked to performance: costume, scene, props, and general allusions to performance in general. This paper explores this performative dimension of a dignified judge, a character in a performance of a trial, mostly in Goffman’s sense. We report the findings of our research and discuss the shared ideas of external characteristics of such a persona to which the participants tend to anchor the judge’s dignity.
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