Title

Goffman on the jury: Real jurors' attention to the "offstage" of trials

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2010

Abstract

Social psychologist Erving Goffman, in his classic work The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, provides a framework that explains why jurors may turn their attention at the courthouse to information not formally presented from the witness stand. We dub this "offstage observation," a type of juror behavior that has not been systematically examined empirically. Analyzing a unique data source of 50 actual jury deliberations in civil trials, we find that jurors do look to the offstage in evaluating the claims of the parties. However, in contrast to predictions, these observations played a surprisingly minor role in the jury deliberation process. © 2009 American Psychology-Law Society/Division 41 of the American Psychological Association.

Publication Name

Law and Human Behavior

Volume Number

34

First Page

310

Last Page

323

Issue Number

4

DOI

10.1007/s10979-009-9195-7

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