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Encountering the institutional: Navigating the intertextual hierarchy of asylum law through legal advice interaction

Reynolds, Judith 2018. Encountering the institutional: Navigating the intertextual hierarchy of asylum law through legal advice interaction. Presented at: Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating linguistic and cultural transformations in superdiverse wards in four UK cities (TLANG), 28 - 29 March 2018.

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This presentation will present empirical data from a linguistic ethnographic study of legal advice giving to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Using a transcontextual lens, the presentation will explore how legal advice is delivered. It will focus on the encounter that takes place between (a) the individuals involved in asylum legal advice meetings, and (b) the institutional and legal framework that surrounds the legal advice interaction. The data were collected in a not-for-profit advice service in one of England’s major cities during 2016. They comprise a corpus of audio recordings and observational notes of advice meetings between one immigration lawyer and a range of clients, and fieldwork notes created as part of ethnographic observation work. One sub-set of the data collected features individuals seeking advice on advanced asylum cases, and the presentation will draw from these data to explore how the institutional framework contextualizes the legal advice interaction. Drawing on Smith’s (2005) approach to institutional ethnography and, investigating how texts of various kinds feature as actors within institutional work processes, the presentation will explore the ways in which the institutional intertextual hierarchy of asylum law and immigration law enforcement bodies enters into legal advice interactions. It will seek to show how the intertextual hierarchy functions both as a constraint on the interaction, framing and defining what can be said, and as a resource for the structuring of discourse within the interaction. Reference: Smith, D. (2005). Institutional Ethnography: A Sociology for People. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 10:03

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