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A sociological perspective on emotions in the judiciary
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3522-4963
2016 (English)In: Emotion Review, ISSN 1754-0739, E-ISSN 1754-0747, Vol. 8, no 1, 32-37 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introducing a sociological perspective on judicial emotions, we argue that previous studies underemphasize structural andinteractional dimensions. Through key concepts in the sociology of emotions we relate professional court actors’ emotionmanagement to the emotional regime of the judiciary. Examples from the Swedish judiciary illustrate three main arguments:(a) The idea of rational justice as nonemotional must be investigated as a joint accomplishment including collective emotionmanagement; (b) Judicial objectivity requires situated emotion management and empathy, orientated by emotions of pride/shame;(c) The structural dimensions of power/status mitigate feeling and display rules. The situated power of the judge is upheld byritual deference from other court professionals. Concluding, we suggest topics to develop structural and interactional perspectiveson judicial emotion.

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2016. Vol. 8, no 1, 32-37 p.
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court, emotion, judges, power, status
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122393DOI: 10.1177/1754073915601226ISI: 000367730900006OAI: diva2:865933
Emotions in court
Swedish Research Council, 2011-1553
Available from: 2015-10-29 Created: 2015-10-29 Last updated: 2016-02-01Bibliographically approved

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