Noise, voice and silencing during immigrant court-case performances in Swedish district courts

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Noise, voice and silencing during immigrant court-case performances in Swedish district courts

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dc.contributor.author Elsrud, Torun
dc.contributor.author Lalander, Philip
dc.contributor.author Staaf, Annika
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-07T11:03:17Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-07T11:03:17Z
dc.date.issued 2017 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1468-7968 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19167
dc.description.abstract This article argues that court-ritual unawareness, linguistic shortcomings and stereotypical images about non-Swedish otherness impair the position and acting space for immigrants in a Swedish district court context. Drawing on two ethnographically informed research projects focused on courtroom interaction during more than 20 trials dealing with ‘domestic violence’ and ‘street-related crime’, we claim that immigrant voices are often silenced due to taken-for-granted practices in court. Through analyses of interviews, performances, interpreted hearings and references to a desirable Swedishness, it is argued that situations are created where immigrant participants may experience their possibility of being understood as limited and their voices as being unheard. Such conditions are emotionally draining and may result in participants choosing silence over stating their case. This is a problem, not only within the individual court case, but also for the overall legitimacy of the court system and for issues of institutional trust among citizens. en_US
dc.format.extent 21
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Sage en_US
dc.subject Courtroom interaction en_US
dc.subject ritual en_US
dc.subject voice en_US
dc.subject silencing en_US
dc.subject symbolic interactionism en_US
dc.subject interpretation en_US
dc.subject legal legitimacy en_US
dc.subject principle of misrecognition en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Noise, voice and silencing during immigrant court-case performances in Swedish district courts en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Health and Society en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Social Work (SA) en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1468796815588620 en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Ethnicities;5
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 17
dc.format.ePage 687
dc.format.sPage 667
mahlocal.rights.oaType green
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