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The Suspect's Statement
Talk and Text in the Criminal Process

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Part of Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics

  • Author: Martha Komter, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR)
  • Date Published: July 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107059481

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  • What suspects tell the police may become a crucial piece of evidence when the case comes to court. But what happens to 'the suspect's statement' when it is written down by the police? Based on a unique set of data from over fifteen years' worth of research, Martha Komter examines the trajectory of the suspect's statement from the police interrogation through to the trial. She shows how the suspect's statement is elicited and written down in the police report, how this police report both represents and differs from the original talk in the interrogation, and how it is quoted and referred to in court. The analyses cover interactions in multiple settings, with documents that link one interaction to the next, providing insights into the interactional and documentary foundations of the criminal process and, more generally, into the construction, character and uses of documents in institutional settings.

    • Provides insight for academics and legal professionals into the interplay of talk and text in institutional settings
    • Supplies a step-by-step analysis of the construction of the police report in the course of the interrogation
    • Uncovers the unnoticed features and unintended effects of the entextualisation process
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    • Date Published: July 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107059481
    • length: 218 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The police interrogation: the talk, the typing and the text
    3. The police report: the document, the text and the talk
    4. The trial: documents in action
    5. The career of a suspect's statement
    6. Conclusion and discussion.

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    Martha Komter, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR)
    Martha Komter is research fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), Amsterdam. Her research interests include interaction in institutional settings, such as job interviews, courtroom interaction and police interrogations. She has published widely on these themes, and is author of Conflict and Cooperation in Job Interviews: A Study of Talk, Tasks, and Ideas (1991) and Dilemma's in the Courtroom: A Study of Trials of Violent Crime in the Netherlands (1998).

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