Analysing Police Interviews: Laughter, Confessions and the Tape

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A&C Black, Dec 1, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 204 pages
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This is an exploration of the police interview interaction between officers and suspects, using real interview recordings and a conversation analytic framework. This book uses transcripts from real UK police interviews, investigating previously unexplored and under-explored areas of the process. It illustrates the way in which police and suspects use language and sounds to inform, persuade and communicate with each other. It also looks closely at how interactional tools such as laughter can be used to sidestep the legal boundaries of this setting without sanction. The work reveals the delicate balance between institutional and conversational talk, the composition and maintenance of roles and the conflicts between the rules of interaction and law. The analyses offer detailed insights into the reality behind the myth and mystique of police interviews and contain findings which have the potential to inform and advance evidence-based police interview training and practice.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
4
Chapter 3
15
_CA_history
31
Part One
35
Chapter 4
41
Chapter 5
54
Conclusion to Part One
65
Chapter 8
116
Chapter 9
129
Conclusion to Part Three
141
Chapter 10
144
Appendix I
164
Appendix II
167
Appendix III
178
Appendix IV
182

Part Two
69
Chapter 6
74
Chapter 7
90
_4_4__Uninitiated_third
95
Conclusion to Part Two
103
Part Three
106
References
184
_GoBack
191
Psathas__Anderson
193
Notes
197
Index
201
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Elisabeth Carter is Visiting Fellow in the Department of Sociology, University of Essex, UK.

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