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Legal Professions at the Crossroads

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Edited By Dariusz Jemielniak

The book collects research-driven chapters from different disciplines: anthropology, sociology, management, and law. It addresses the issues of legal and administrative professionals’ identity, ethics, and workplace enactment. Through an analysis of different groups of lawyers and paralegals, conducted by quantitative or qualitative methods, it draws conclusions on the general condition of these occupations and their role in the society. In particular, the volume covers the issues of criminal judges’ roles, the interplay of law and politics in judicial decisions, and the ways they are standardized. It also addresses the topics of professional logic in public administration, as well as charisma and identity work among lawyers, including LLM students from top world programs. Through an analysis of qualitative interviews, it describes the legal workplace, especially in terms of time commitments. It also disputes the problems of professional ethics in everyday legal work.
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Małgorzata Adamczyk is a research and teaching assistant on a PhD track at Kozminski University with a background in cultural studies and law. Her research interests evolve around netnography, cultural clashes and contradicting identities in social media and offline, and collaboration between virtual communities and the „offline world“. Last year she was awarded the first prize at the Polish Academy of Sciences’s competition for the best thesis in the field of gender studies for her soon-to-be-published MA thesis „Between writing and leaving a testimony“ (defended in 2012 at the University of Warsaw and, in co-tutelle, at Université Sorbonne Paris IV).

Marta Bucholc (born 1978) is an assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw, Poland. She obtained her Ph. D. in sociology in 2006. In the years 2010-2011 she was a Bronisław Geremek Junior Visiting Fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna, Austria. In the years 2012-2013 she was a fellow at Käte-Hamburger-Kolleg „Recht als Kultur“ in Bonn, Germany. Her research focus is the history of social theory and sociology of knowledge. Her recent books include Konserwatywna utopia kapitalizmu (Warsaw 2012) and Samotność długodystansowca. Na obrzeżach socjologii Norberta Eliasa (Warsaw 2013). She translated into Polish several books, including The Sociological Imagination by Charles Wright Mills, Purity and Danger by Mary Douglas and Le Temps de Tribus by Michel Maffesoli.

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