Interactional Justice: The Role of Emotions in the Performance of Loyalty

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By drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldnotes and interviews with lawyers, this sociological study brings their loyalty work to life and reveals to the reader the unwritten rules of emotional interactions. It presents how defence lawyers socially construct their duty of loyalty by negotiating informal and implicit professional and social expectations. This accomplishment demands emotion work and face work in order to perform a role which includes defending clients accused of heinous crimes and "losing" the majority of cases. As the defence team is central to this, the ways of doing teamwork with their joint efforts is explored.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages210
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-28485-4
ISBN (Print) 978-0-367-24879-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 12

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • Emotion work
  • Ethnography
  • Sociology
  • Criminology
  • Law
  • Goffman


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