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The emotional particulars of working on rape cases: Doing dirty work, managing emotional dirt and conceptualising ‘tempered indifference’

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posted on 29.01.2020 by Clare E. Gunby, Anna Carline
This paper asks: In what ways are the work of rape barristers dirty, with a particular focus on emotional dirt? What impact do clients’ burdensome emotions and affects have on barristers and what mechanisms are used to manage this taint? Based on 39 interviews with advocates from four English cities, we argue that emotional dirt is central to the taint of the role. Barristers must distance themselves from emotional dirt in order to maintain objectivity, yet simultaneously invest in those emotions in order to convince a jury. In these contradictory circumstances, barristers employ what we term ‘tempered indifference’, a form of emotional work premised on strategically turning emotions down. However, the subsequent ability to turn them back on remains debatable.

Funding

This work was supported by a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant 2013-14 round [grant number: SG131987].

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Citation

The British Journal of Criminology, azz054, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azz054

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Criminology

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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British Journal of Criminology

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP) for King's College London, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

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0007-0955

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1464-3529

Acceptance date

11/07/2019

Copyright date

2019

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https://academic.oup.com/bjc/advance-article/doi/10.1093/bjc/azz054/5543977

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