Polyphonic Discourses of Capacity: Consonance and dissonance in medico-legal interaction

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Senior Common Room
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Arts and Law, Research
Dates
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 (13:00-14:00)
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Polyphonic Discourses of Capacity: Consonance and dissonance in medico-legal interaction

Professor Rosie Harding (University of Birmingham) 

This paper explores the different ways that the concept of ‘Power of Attorney’ (the legal authority to nominate a person who can make substitute decisions when the donor lacks mental capacity) is constructed in legal, lay and medical discourse. Through analysis of the content and construction of discourse and talk-in-interaction, I explore the subtle differences in meaning making in these three contexts. I argue that Power of Attorney is an example of ‘polyphonic legality’, where each discursive realm contributes important elements of the socio-legal ‘truth’ of Power of Attorney.

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