Thomas, Jim, 1941-
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Sociology
Criminal justice; Administration of--United States--Psychological aspects; Defense (Criminal procedure)--United States--Psychological aspects
An irony of our judicial system is that the ritual of due process intended to provide an equal playing field between the prosecution and defendants also contains the potential to increase the powerlessness that defendants feel. Institutionalized forms of interaction, control of knowledge and legal proceedings, and manipulation of the ceremonial trappings of justice are among the events and processes that contribute to defendants' framing of their experience as a theater of powerlessness. By focusing on the experiences of defendants in a courtroom setting, I will display the processes by which this drama plays out.
Asma, David E., "Courtroom majesty and defendant frames : a theater of powerlessness" (1996). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 1994.
Northern Illinois University
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