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Cooke, T. (2019), "From Invisible to Visible: Locating “Cultural Expertise” in the Law Courts of Two Finnish Cities", Cultural Expertise and Socio-Legal Studies (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol. 78), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 13-33.

From invisible to visible : locating “cultural expertise” in the law courts of two Finnish cities

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Author: Cooke, Taina1
Organizations: 1Department of Cultural Anthropology, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2019
Publish Date: 2021-12-02


In this chapter, I examine the informal cultural expertise utilized in the District Courts and Courts of Appeal of two Finnish cities. I argue that the parties that serve as providers of “cultural expertise” are manifold and include eyewitnesses, interpreters, and even the courts themselves. I examine the challenges regarding the informal use of cultural expertise, drawing from debates that consider the relationship between an “insider-expert” and a “trained-expert” in acting as a cultural mediator.

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Series: Studies in law, politics and society
ISSN: 1059-4337
ISSN-E: 1875-8088
ISSN-L: 1059-4337
ISBN: 978-1-78769-515-3
ISBN Print: 978-1-78769-516-0
Issue: 78
Pages: 13 - 33
DOI: 10.1108/S1059-433720190000078002
Host publication: Cultural expertise and socio-legal studies : special issue vol: 78
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 616 Other humanities
520 Other social sciences
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