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Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era$
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Austin Sarat and Stuart Scheingold

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195141177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195141172.001.0001

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State Transformation and the Struggle for Symbolic Capital

State Transformation and the Struggle for Symbolic Capital

Cause Lawyers, the Organized Bar, and Capital Punishment in the United States

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(p.186) Chapter 7 State Transformation and the Struggle for Symbolic Capital
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Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era
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Austin Sarat (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195141172.003.0007

In an effort to show toughness on crime, the symbolism of a greater readiness to inflict capital punishment has attracted many state authorities in the U.S.A. This has in turn provoked a heightened concern within the legal profession for the maintenance of judicial standards in respect of capital causes. This chapter explores the unstable relationships between cause lawyering, the organized bar, and state prosecutors, with the objective of highlighting the symbolic social capital, which cause lawyers seek to create in this area.

Keywords:   capital punishment, cause lawyers, social capital, U.S.A

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