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Southampton Law School

‘Guns ‘n razors’ – using narrative to construct accountability about deaths after police contact Seminar

16:00 - 17:30
11 February 2015
University of Southampton Building 85, Life Sciences Room 2209 SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Professor Jenny Fleming at .

Event details

ICJR Seminar series with David Baker, Open University.

In the period 2004-2013 over 1100 people died after police contact in England and Wales. The paper looks at how narrative structures can affect the type of accountability that is constructed about deaths after police contact. It uses discourse analysis to evaluate 58 narrative verdicts recorded in Coroners’ courts about these cases during this period.

Typically, cases of deaths after police contact are subject to jury inquests in the Coroner’s court in England and Wales. Since 2004, precedent, driven by Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights has affected the type of verdicts recorded in these cases. Narrative verdicts may be produced by juries as a way of recording the facts relevant to these cases.

The paper considers how structures of narrative affect how these verdicts are constructed.

Speaker information

David Baker , Open University. David is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, who has been teaching for several years across all levels of undergraduate study. He was recently awarded the university's prize for 'Most Inspirational Teacher 2013-14'.

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