A RELATIONAL APPROACH TO TELEVISED SMALL CLAIMS COURTS: THE CONSTRUCTION OF FUNCTIONAL IDENTITIES
This paper will argue that individuals who participate in televised small claims courts use relational approaches to construct their arguments. In particular, it will claim that they access cultural conceptions of relationships to co-construct functional identities of participants that are then used in the judge's decision about who did what to whom. Participants co-construct these functional identities by using processes such as categorization and indexing. ln this way, participants in the courtroom access larger social structures in the process of constructing relational arguments.
How to Cite
Deckert, S., (1999) “A RELATIONAL APPROACH TO TELEVISED SMALL CLAIMS COURTS: THE CONSTRUCTION OF FUNCTIONAL IDENTITIES”, Journal of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching 7, p.26-38.