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Sentenced to “Storification”: A Trial on Legal Narratives

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Few people actually have studied law, and even fewer have a profound knowledge of how to apply or interpret it. Nevertheless, by and large, people tend to have a fairly good understanding of legality and justice within their respective socio-cultural surroundings1. Even though the question of how people actually compose their basic concepts of justice is widely disputed, it can be assumed that any specifically legal understanding is hardly innate. People learn about legal systems, the application of legal principles, and the execution of legal ruling not from theoretical reasoning, the study of legal texts and cases, or their own experience but primarily from stories that tell of justice or injustice, law enforcement, and people in conflict with the law: accounts told by others, reports encountered in newspapers, TV and radio news, documentaries, the Internet, or stories presented in magazines, books, TV series films, or other means of communication.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für AmerikastudienUniversität InnsbruckAustria

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