Credibility in Court: Communicative Practices in the Camorra Trials

Credibility in Court: Communicative Practices in the Camorra Trials

by Marco Jacquemet


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The Camorra trials in Naples involved more than a thousand people charged with belonging to a criminal organization, the Nuova Camorra Organizzata. After some key witnesses turned against their former associates and collaborated with the Justice Department, more than 800 people were convicted, but in the appeal their credibility was destroyed and the majority were acquitted. To investigate this dramatic reversal of the defendants' convictions, Jacquemet combines analysis of talk and power technologies with a relfection on truth and credibility as communicative representations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521121286
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Series: Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics Series , #14
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: men of honour, men of truth; Part I. Constructing a Criminal World: 2. For a history of the present: how belonging to a community became a crime; 3. The simulacra of the pentiti; Part II. Constructing a convincing world: 4. On credibility (the pentito and the judge); 5. On knowledge (pentiti's narrative strategies); Part III. Constructing a Reliable World: 6. On indirectness (pentito v. defence lawyer); 7. On accountability (pentito v. judge); Part IV. Constructing an antagonistic world: 8. On respect (pentito v. defendant); 9. On truth (pentito v. pentito) ; Conclusions: 10. Justice, discourse, and society.

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