Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture

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University of Wisconsin Press, 2005 M09 1 - 448 páginas
What do you call 600 lawyers at the bottom of the sea? Marc Galanter calls it an opportunity to investigate the meanings of a rich and time-honored genre of American humor: lawyer jokes. Lowering the Bar analyzes hundreds of jokes from Mark Twain classics to contemporary anecdotes about Dan Quayle, Johnnie Cochran, and Kenneth Starr. Drawing on representations of law and lawyers in the mass media, political discourse, and public opinion surveys, Galanter finds that the increasing reliance on law has coexisted uneasily with anxiety about the “legalization” of society. Informative and always entertaining, his book explores the tensions between Americans’ deep-seated belief in the law and their ambivalence about lawyers.

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The Enduring Core and Its Recent Accretions
31
The Lawyer as Economic Predator
64
Playmates of the Devil
97
Lawyers as Fomenters of Strife
114
The Lawyer as Heroic Champion
138
Betrayers of Trust
157
Lawyers as Objects of Scorn
196
A Good Start Death Wish Jokes
210
Enemies of Justice
233
Only in America?
249
Register of Jokes
263
Notes
275
References
357
Index
413
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Marc Galanter is the John and Rylla Bosshard Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Centennial Professor in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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