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The Italian Case Study

The Italian case-study aims to re-construct lawyer's praxis in a framework of reciprocal anthropology in which lawyers collaborate to all phases of the research (collection of data, analysis, and dissemination). Experimental use of fieldwork data is explored within collaborative multi-media projects. A specific attention is directed to the evolution of the defence strategy; to the dialectical interaction between the material human and non-human components of the legal discourse; and to the production and performativity of legal artifacts.

The themes currently developed by the Italian case-study are: the relationship between dominant legal discourse and lawyer's practice; the boundaries between legal and illegal in lawyers' discourse; the (il-)legal meta-praxis informing the defence process; the role of the file in the preparation of the case; rhythms, terms and perceptions of action in the defence strategies; the lawyer-clients relationship; and the career of a defence-lawyer in the context of organized crime.




 



 

New activities

Special Issue on "Law and Biography" in BIOS

Call for Abstracts/French-German Conference on “Enfermement/Freiheitsentzug

Latest Texts/Books

My ethnography on the English Crown Court procedure by BRILL
Review

Our comparative ethnography of criminal defence work in different procedural regimes by PALGRAVE

Teaching in SS 2011

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

Scheffer: „Was tun Verfahren? Eine sozialwissenschaftliche Debatte“ Kurs in Moodle

Scheffer: „Arbeitskreis politische Ethnographie“ Termine in Moodle

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