State Transformation and the Struggle for Symbolic Capital

Austin Sarat

in Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195141177
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199871391 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

 State Transformation and the Struggle for Symbolic Capital

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In an effort to show toughness on crime, the symbolism of a greater readiness to inflict capital punishment has attracted many state authorities in the U.S.A. This has in turn provoked a heightened concern within the legal profession for the maintenance of judicial standards in respect of capital causes. This chapter explores the unstable relationships between cause lawyering, the organized bar, and state prosecutors, with the objective of highlighting the symbolic social capital, which cause lawyers seek to create in this area.

Keywords: capital punishment; cause lawyers; social capital; U.S.A

Chapter.  12289 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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