A Sociological Perspective on Emotion Work and Judging

Authors

  • Sharyn Roach Anleu Flinders University
  • Kathy Mack Flinders University

Keywords:

Emotions, emotion work, courts, judges, judging, Emociones, trabajo emocional, tribunales, jueces, juzgar

Abstract

Judicial work requires judicial officers to manage their own emotions and related conduct, as well as to anticipate, interpret, respond to and manage emotions and behaviours of others, most visibly in the interaction order of the courtroom. A detailed, sociological analysis of judicial interview data reveals the ways judicial officers themselves understand, manage and use emotion in their everyday work. Judicial emotion work is more than a purely individual or personal enterprise. It operates in accordance with explicit and implicit feeling and display rules, cultural scripts and legal norms that shape the relation between emotion and judging. The ways judicial officers articulate their understanding of emotion in their everyday work reveals their reproduction and potential transformation of the boundaries between emotion and their status as judge. These findings reposition emotion work as central to judicial performance and enable emotion itself to be recognised as a positive judicial resource.

El trabajo judicial exige que los funcionarios judiciales gestionen sus emociones y los comportamientos relacionados, así como que anticipen, interpreten, respondan a y gestionen emociones y comportamientos de otros, sobre todo en la interacción dentro del juzgado. Un análisis sociológico detallado de datos de entrevistas revela cómo los propios funcionarios entienden, gestionan y usan la emoción en su trabajo cotidiano. El trabajo emocional judicial es algo más que un esfuerzo individual o personal; opera en consonancia con normas explícitas e implícitas de sentir y expresarse, normas culturales y normas jurídicas que modelan la relación entre emoción y judicatura. La forma en que los funcionarios articulan su concepto de la emoción en su trabajo cotidiano revela la forma en que reproducen y, potencialmente, transforman los límites entre la emoción y su estatus como jueces. Estos hallazgos reposicionan el trabajo emocional en el centro del trabajo judicial y posibilitan que la emoción sea reconocida como un recurso judicial positivo.

Available from: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1032

Author Biographies

Sharyn Roach Anleu, Flinders University

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor 

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences  

Kathy Mack, Flinders University

Emerita Professor

College of Business, Government and Law  

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Published

28-09-2018

How to Cite

Roach Anleu, S. and Mack, K. (2018) “A Sociological Perspective on Emotion Work and Judging”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 9(5), pp. 831–851. Available at: https://opo.iisj.net/index.php/osls/article/view/1057 (Accessed: 5 December 2021).

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Section

Research Methods, Empirical Insights and [Changing] Judicial Practice