Lowering the Bar

Lowering the Bar

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What do you call 600 lawyers at the bottom of the sea? Marc Galanter calls it an opportunity to investigate the meanings of a rich and time-honored genre of American humor: lawyer jokes. Lowering the Bar analyzes hundreds of jokes from Mark Twain classics to contemporary anecdotes about Dan Quayle, Johnnie Cochran, and Kenneth Starr. Drawing on representations of law and lawyers in the mass media, political discourse, and public opinion surveys, Galanter finds that the increasing reliance on law has coexisted uneasily with anxiety about the a€œlegalizationa€ of society. Informative and always entertaining, his book explores the tensions between Americansa€™ deep-seated belief in the law and their ambivalence about lawyers.Newall 1996a: 134; Pease 1996: 305; Cohl 1997: 450; Streiker 1998: 198; Brown 1998c: 21; Jhumor List, Dec. 3, 1998; Kenworth 1999: 155; Alvin 2000a: 25; Brunsting 2000: 175; Claro 2000: 136; Hobbes 2002b: 57. 30. ... Akst and Landro 1988 (agent Michael Ovitz); Barry 1990: 23 (commodity trader); Tucket 1992: 75 ( golfer); Berle 1993: 41 (agent); Keelan ... 377]; anon. Stanford law student, Mar. 10, 1998; 2000 Cal.: Mar. 13; Greene 1999: 165; Lauren Edelman, e-mail message toanbsp;...

Title:Lowering the Bar
Author:Marc Galanter
Publisher:Univ of Wisconsin Press - 2006-10-10


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