Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Communicating rights: the language of arrest and detention

Rock, Frances Eileen 2007. Communicating rights: the language of arrest and detention. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Full text not available from this repository.


People explain things to each other every day using both writing and speech. Communicating Rights examines the creativity which underpins everyday explanation and its power to influence lives. The rights communication in question occurs in police custody, where explanations shape crucial decisions. Data examined illustrate that when speakers and writers transform texts for others through explanation they work hard to convey meaning. They try to simplify words and grammar and consider the other's perspective and communicative needs. However, although explaining rights seems to be concerned with simply relaying facts it does much more. This apparently tightly-regulated, goal-oriented talk is used by both police officers and detainees to reassure, persuade, distract, challenge, empathise, learn, influence confidence, present identity, prospect intentions, show affiliation, make suggestions and bring formality. The book shows that analysts, institutions, indeed anyone who explains to others, might usefully recognize that their explanations do more than simply convey facts.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230013315
Related URLs:
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:51

Citation Data

Cited 90 times in Google Scholar. View in Google Scholar

Cited 50 times in Scopus. View in Scopus. Powered By Scopus® Data

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item