Toward a Theorization of Craft
Socio-Legal Studies, Forthcoming
36 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2006
This paper was prepared for inclusion in a symposium on "judgecraft." My specific goal in this paper is to develop a theorization of craft as an analytic concept that can be applied in studies of the work of professionals, including both judges and lawyers. Building on sociological work that distinguishes craft from art, I describe a set of elements that can be used to analyze the work and working situation of lawyers, judges, and other professionals: utility, consistency, clientele, skills & techiques, problem solving, and aesthetic. I posit that these elements can be organized along two dimensions, one that distinguishes between elements that are internal to the craft community and those that are external, and a second dimension that distinguishes elements that deal with production, functionality, and evaluation. The paper concludes with suggestions as to how this framework might be applied to the analysis of the work of judges.
Keywords: legal profession, judicial behavior, judging
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