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Author Ross, Thomas, 1949-

Title Just stories : how the law embodies racism and bias / Thomas Ross
Published Boston : Beacon Press, [1996]


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Description xx, 161 pages ; 23 cm
Contents Ch. 1. Law and Narrative -- Ch. 2. The Rhetorical Tapestry of Race -- Ch. 3. Their Immorality, Our Helplessness -- Ch. 4. The Feminist Nomos -- Ch. 5. Despair and Redemption
Summary Backed by the power of the state, judges' opinions can send a person to death, dissolve a relationship between a mother and child, or sanction the racial division of a community. We like to believe that these opinions objectively enforce the law. But do they? In this stinging critique of our legal system, Thomas Ross reveals how in making and justifying their opinions, judges rely to a startling degree on personal constructs that all too often perpetuate the deep biases in society. Through close reading of judicial opinions from the late-nineteenth century to the present, Ross exposes a long history of judges' stories that claim objectivity but instead both reflect and reinforce prejudices
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Bias (Law) -- United States.
Judicial process -- United States.
Justice, Administration of -- United States.
LC no. 95048859
ISBN 0807044008