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Shifting PracticesReflections on Technology, Practice, and Innovation$
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Giovan Francesco Lanzara

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034456

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034456.001.0001

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Entering the Temple of Justice

Entering the Temple of Justice

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Shifting Practices

Giovan Francesco Lanzara

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The chapter first illustrates the institutional and organizational setting within which the VCR experiments take place. It describes the courtroom as a functional and symbolic space where the criminal trial is celebrated. Then the features of the prototype VCR system, the research setting and activities are described. Problems of access to the setting are discussed. The double role of the researcher as a participant observer and as an enabler helping the actors with the VCR experiments is emphasized.

Keywords:   video technology, courtroom, criminal trial, discontinuity, research setting, participant observation, intervention, enabling

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