Opening closed doors: a micro analytic investigation of dispute resolution in child contact cases

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Opening closed doors: a micro analytic investigation of dispute resolution in child contact cases

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Title: Opening closed doors: a micro analytic investigation of dispute resolution in child contact cases
Author: Trinder, Liz
Jenks, Christopher
Firth, Alan
Date Issued: 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10036/93615
Links: http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/esrcinfocentre/viewawardpage.aspx?awardnumber=RES-000-22-2646
Abstract: The family courts face intense criticism about decisions made about child contact (or access) following parental separation or divorce. Both father's rights groups and Women's Aid have raised concerns about institutional bias, ineffectiveness and a lack of transparency. However, the inherently closed nature of decision-making in the family courts has prevented greater understanding of how decisions are reached. This study addresses this gap by undertaking a detailed analysis of in-court conciliation meetings where parents negotiate over contact with the assistance of a judge or court social worker. The research uses conversation analysis to explore precisely how the actual, real-time work of family courts is undertaken in and through the communicative processes of spoken interaction. The study will explore, for example, the interactional processes by which agreements are achieved, negotiated and/or impeded, and how the rights and needs of children and parents are discursively framed by conciliators and disputants.
Type: Technical Report
Description: Full Research Report ESRC End of Award Report, RES-000-22-2646. Swindon: ESRC
Keywords: childrenchildren's rightsparticipationmediationconversation analysis
Funders/Sponsor: Research supported by ESRC grant RES-000-22-2646


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