Representing Rape by Susan Ehrlich
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Representing Rape
By Susan Ehrlich

Representing Rape

Language and Sexual Consent

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Representing Rape by Susan Ehrlich

Book Description

Representing Rape is the first feminist analysis of the language of sexual assault trials from the perspective of linguists. Susan Ehrlich argues that language is central to all legal settings - specifically sexual harassment and acquaintance rape hearings where linguistic descriptions of the events are often the only type of evidence available. Language does not simply reflect but helps to construct the character of the people and events under investigation. The book is based around a case study of the trial of a male student accused of two instances of sexual assault in two different settings: a university tribunal and a criminal trial. This case is situated within international studies on rape trials and is relevant to the legal systems of the US, Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. She shows how culturally-dominant notions about rape percolate through the talk of sexual assault cases in a variety of settings and ultimately shape their outcome. Ehrlich hopes that to understand rape trials in this way is to recognize their capacity for change. By highlighting the underlying preconceptions and prejudices in the language of courtrooms today, this important book paves the way towards a fairer judicial system for the future.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415205221
ISBN-10: 0415205220
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Discursive Constructions of Consent in the Legal Process by Susan Ehrlich Discursive Constructions of Consent in the Legal Process, Hardback (February 2016)

Experts in linguistics and law use diverse theoretical and analytical approaches to demonstrate the complex ways in which language is used to seek, steer, give, or withhold consent in a range of legal contexts. The book illuminates problematic issues in legal practices and procedures that may otherwise be uncritically accepted.

Handbook of Language, Gender and Sexuality by Susan Ehrlich Handbook of Language, Gender and Sexuality, Hardback (May 2014)

Significantly expanded and updated, the second edition of The Handbook of Language, Gender and Sexuality brings together a team of the leading specialists in the field to create a comprehensive overview of key historical themes and issues, along with methodologies and cutting-edge research topics.

Teaching American English Pronunciation by Susan Ehrlich Teaching American English Pronunciation, Paperback (April 1992)

A complete introduction to teaching the pronunciation of North American English specifically for teachers of English as a second language (ESL)

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Author Biography - Susan Ehrlich

Susan Ehrlich is Professor in the Department of Women's Studies and Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University, Toronto, Canada.

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