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Legal-Lay CommunicationTextual Travels in the Law$
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Chris Heffer, Frances Rock, and John Conley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746842

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746842.001.0001

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Textual Travel in Legal–Lay Communication

Textual Travel in Legal–Lay Communication

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(p.3) Chapter 1 Textual Travel in Legal–Lay Communication
Source:
Legal-Lay Communication
Author(s):

Frances Rock

Chris Heffer

Conley John

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746842.003.0001

The opening chapter provides the theoretical and contextual background to the book and introduces the rationale for the sections and for the themes that re-occur throughout the papers. After a brief introduction to the notion of textual travel, it outlines some of the issues relating to the notion of ‘legal-lay’ or ‘lay-legal’ communication. It then explores in some detail the genesis of textual travel notions in the interdisciplinary research literature. Next it outlines the topics and themes explored in each of the four substantive sections: police investigation as textual mediation; the legal case as intertextual construction; judicial discourse as legal recontextualization; and crossing cultural and ideological categories in lay-legal communication. Finally, it considers the long travels of the book itself.

Keywords:   Legal-lay communication, textual travel, entextualization, decontextualization, recontextualization, mediation, legal categorization, police interrogation, witness examination, judicial discourse

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