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In the field

Coming from the disciplines of rhetoric and argumentation studies, criminal cases appeared to me as dramas in which the hero (the lawyer of the defence, a police officer or the innocent defendant) overcomes all obstacles and finally succeeds. During the field work I should find out how I was wrong and right at the same time.

What exactly is the field, when investigating the career of criminal cases? Where does preparation take place? Like my three collegues I conducted my research in law firms, following lawyers as close as possible in their preparation of criminal trials. Although accessing a law firm seemed the most important step and the biggest obstacle at the same time, this proved not to be the case, as access to the law firm did not equal access to preparation.




 






 

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Special Issue on "Law and Biography" in BIOS

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My ethnography on the English Crown Court procedure by BRILL
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Our comparative ethnography of criminal defence work in different procedural regimes by PALGRAVE

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Scheffer: „Einführung in die Institutionelle Ethnographie“ Kurs in Moodle

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