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Legislative practice as discursive action: a performance in three parts

Corcoran, Tim (2005) Legislative practice as discursive action: a performance in three parts. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 18 (3-4). pp. 263-283. ISSN 0952-8059 (print) 1572-8722 (online)

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Abstract

Paralleling Henry and Milovanovic’s theory of constitutive criminology this paper considers several dialogic relationships created in and through an engagement with the Governing Principles of the Penalties and Sentences Act, an example of penal legislation practiced in the Australian State of Queensland. Fairclough’s method of Critical Discourse Analysis is enlisted providing the discussion with three prominent discourses performed in the text: purposive, individualising and moral/behavioural. The discussion proposes that dealings with the text both inform and prepare responses across a variety of relational situations involving the State, society, those directly engaged with the criminal justice system and the Act itself. Of specific concern is how the legislation discursively limits or permits action within these relationships whilst ignoring its own constitutive force and relational responsibilities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: words, language, purposive, individualising, moral, behavioural, discursive psychology, dialogue, dialogic, state and community, government, law, reciprocity, Governing Principles of the Penalties and Sentences Act, Queensland
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Depositing User: Ms Julie Gardner
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2014 04:29
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2014 05:09
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24697
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11196-005-9002-9
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