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Nigel Fielding

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279357

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279357.001.0001

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Courting Violence

Courting Violence

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Courting Violence

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Sometimes, lawyers tend to focus their testimonies and tactics towards stereotyping, meaning they dwell on assumptions regarding members of an identifiable group instead of examining one's individual qualities. Because of stereotyping, testimonies made not only by victims and witnesses, but also by legal professionals and defendants, may also be subjected to judges's general denial. It is important to note that stereotypes can potentially function as a motive, as we could observe the increasing incidences of insensitivity, especially towards minority groups. Aside from examining the wide range of ‘multicultural issues’ that may be attributed to sterotyping, we also look into how language interacts with the gradations of violence and ‘intent’, and further investigate how intimidation is brought about in such situations.

Keywords:   stereotyping, individual qualities, identifiable group, denial, minorities, multicultural issues, language, intimidation

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