The courtroom as a built environment: On the usefulness of Amos Rapoport’s theoretical framework

Authors

Keywords:

courtroom architecture, communication in courtroom, Environment-Behaviour Study, Amos Rapoport, arquitectura del tribunal, comunicación en el tribunal, estudio del comportamiento ambiental

Abstract

Amos Rapoport is one of the pioneers of the studies on the relationship between people and their environments. At the same time, analyzing the built environment as a factor co-determining human interactions in the courtroom tends to be more and more popular in literature. Following this line, the paper aims to consider whether Rapoport’s theoretical framework (especially its part related to non-verbal communication through the environment) could be fruitfully applied to the study of the courtroom, especially to shed some light on the spatial, physical, or architectural aspects of the courtroom (which is treated as a particular environment). This paper offers a very initial, preliminary examination of the usefulness of Rapoport’s framework in reference to the courtroom interior. What needs to be stressed is that, rather than focusing on a given jurisdiction as a point of reference when elaborating on the usefulness of Rapoport’s framework, the authors try to examine its general applicability.

Amos Rapoport es uno de los pioneros del estudio de las relaciones entre las personas y sus entornos. Al mismo tiempo, el análisis del entorno construido como un factor codeterminante de las interacciones humanas en el tribunal es cada vez más popular en la literatura. Siguiendo esa línea, el artículo se propone considerar si el marco teórico de Rapoport (especialmente la parte relacionada con la comunicación no verbal a través del entorno) podría ser aplicado de forma fructífera al estudio del tribunal, especialmente para arrojar luz sobre los aspectos espaciales, físicos o arquitectónicos del tribunal (el cual se trata como un entorno especial). El artículo ofrece un examen inicial, preliminar, sobre la utilidad del marco de Rapoport en referencia al interior del juzgado. Hay que subrayar que los autores intentan examinar la aplicabilidad general del marco de Rapoport, en lugar de centrarse en una jurisdicción concreta como punto de referencia.

Available from: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1230

Author Biographies

Mateusz Stępień, Jagiellonian University

Since 2019 to present: working in the Department of Sociology of Law at the Jagiellonian University as
Professor.

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1124-8955

Michał Dudek, Jagiellonian University

Since 2015 to present: working  in the Department of Sociology of Law at the Jagiellonian
University as an Assistant Professor.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6294-6027

Published

03-03-2021 — Updated on 22-12-2021

How to Cite

Stępień, M. and Dudek, M. (2021) “The courtroom as a built environment: On the usefulness of Amos Rapoport’s theoretical framework”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 11(6(S), pp. S228-S253. Available at: https://opo.iisj.net/index.php/osls/article/view/1349 (Accessed: 4 July 2022).