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Are lawyers neurotic?

Newman, Daniel ORCID: 2017. Are lawyers neurotic? International Journal of the Legal Profession 25 (1) , pp. 3-29. 10.1080/09695958.2017.1359612

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This paper reports on an ethnographic exploration of the lawyer–client relationship focusing on the attitudes held by legally aided lawyers to their criminal clients. The study combines formal interviews with participant observation in a mixed methodology approach designed to give voice to the lawyers taking part as well as allow the researcher to provide their own perspective. The research produced two quite contradictory viewpoints as lawyers claimed to hold positive attitudes of their clients in interview while presenting negative attitudes under observation. To reconcile this difference, the author suggests considering psychoanalytic literature on self-image, which can be applied to show that the lawyers may have been displaying signs of Freudian defence mechanisms and, ultimately, presented as neurotic in their practise.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0969-5958
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 July 2017
Date of Acceptance: 18 July 2017
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 20:30

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