We are hiring: Researcher

Posted: 16 September, 2021

This two year researcher position includes independent as well as collaborative research work within the project JUSTEMOTIONS. The researcher will continue the project’s research in the USA with an affiliation to Vanderbilt University via Professor Terry Maroney. The first year will be spent collecting data in the US. During the second year, the work also includes drafting and submitting manuscripts to peer-reviewed international journals.

Closing date: October 7, 2021

See full description and apply here. 

New publication: ”Prosecutors’ habituation of emotion management in Swedish courts”

Posted: 15 September, 2021

The JUSTEMOTIONS team is pleased to announce a new publication in Law & Social Inquiry: ”Prosecutors’ habituation of emotion management in Swedish courts”. The article examines the crucial professional emotion management underlying prosecutors’ work in court, analyzing dimensions of prosecutors’ habituation of the tacit feeling rules governing professional emotion management.  Contrasting previous research, we focus on emotion management necessary to perform frontstage (in court) professionalism as a prosecutor. The analysis builds on interviews and shadowing with 41 prosecutors at five offices in Sweden. The theoretical framework rests on sociological theories of emotion adapted to the legal field. We divide the analysis into three key dimensions of habituation pertaining to the feeling rules of confidence and mastering anxiety associated with an independent performance; the feeling rules of emotional distance and a balanced display associated with performing the objective party; and the playful and strategic improvisation of feeling rules associated with relaxed emotional presence. The routinization of feeling rules and the gradual backgrounding of related emotion management leads to habituation. The findings enhance understanding of emotion management skills as part of tacit knowledge conveyed in the legal professions where emotion-talk and emotional reflexivity are still unacknowledged. The article also contributes to the largely US dominated previous research by adding a civil law perspective on prosecutorial emotion management.

New publication: “Drizzling sympathy: Ideal victims and flows of sympathy in Swedish courts”

Posted: 23 August, 2021

The JUSTEMOTIONS team is pleased to announce a new publication in International Review of Victimology: “Drizzling sympathy: Ideal victims and flows of sympathy in Swedish courts”. By connecting sociological perspectives on sympathy with the concept of ‘ideal victims’, this article examines how sympathy forms and informs legal thought and practices in relation to victim status in Swedish courts. In its broadest sense, sympathy can be understood as an understanding and care for someone else’s suffering and in many contexts victimization and sympathy are densely entangled. However, since ideals of objectivity and neutrality prevail in court, emotional norms are narrow and sympathy is met with suspicion. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Swedish courts, I argue that while sympathetic feelings are mostly backgrounded, they are still a central part of court proceedings and deliberations. The main findings suggest that prosecutors and victims’ counsel use ‘sympathy cues’ to evoke the judges’ concern for the complainants and to facilitate their empathic imagination of the complainant’s situation. In relation to this finding, judges engage in emotion work in order to not be affected by these sympathy cues. The study also shows that in encounters with ‘ideal victims’ who perform a playful resistance to their victimization, legal actors show sympathy more freely and accept moments of temporary relief from the normal interaction order in court.

New publication: “Making Independent Decisions Together: Rational emotions in legal adjudication”

Posted: 13 April, 2021

The JUSTEMOTIONS team is pleased to announce a new publication in Symbolic Interaction: “Making Independent Decisions Together: Rational emotions in legal adjudication”. This is a conceptual paper that advances the study of rational emotions by developing a model of how to incorporate the relational and situational structures in which rational decisions are made. The focus is on bureaucratic rational decision-making, which is constituted by a bounded process including several smaller decisions made over time and by several decision-makers. The model demonstrates that different emotive-cognitive complexes are actualized at different stages of this process and that the (assumed solitary) arbiters are in effect immersed in social interaction. Importantly it shows that rational decision-making is not a dichotomy between emotional bias and detached fairness but a delicate balance between having sufficient solidarity to ensure that the bounded process is upheld and ensuring enough space for participants to demonstrate their independence. The paper also discusses how relational structures at the macro level feed into micro-level interactions, including emotional motivations and behavioral expectations.

New publication: “Comparing Culturally Embedded Frames of Judicial Dispassion”

Posted: 24 June, 2021

The JUSTEMOTIONS team is pleased to announce a new publication in Research Handbook on Law and Emotions: “Comparing Culturally Embedded Frames of Judicial Dispassion”. The aim of this chapter is to outline a theoretical framework for the comparative study of emotions in Western legal systems of different countries. Our focus is on the legal actors, and our primary interest is how internal legal culture – conceptualized as ‘the emotive-cognitive judicial frame’ – is embedded in a broader context of a socio-culturally specific emotional regime. The emotive-cognitive judicial frame combines national emotion norms with universal professional emotion norms, deriving from the Western regime of judicial dispassion. The chapter first reviews the relation between rationality and emotion and its implications for the legal system; thereafter presents the mainly historical research into the socio-cultural variations of emotional regimes; continues to suggest a basic theoretical toolkit applicable in the comparative study of emotive-cognitive judicial frames in different national emotional regimes; and some concrete methods and an agenda for future research.

Vi anställer: Postdoktor

Posted: 2 November, 2019

Denna tvååriga postdoktorala tjänst inbegriper både eget arbete och nära samarbete med andra forskare inom projektet JUSTEMOTIONS. Postdoktorn kommer att både sammanställa, koda och analysera redan insamlat material, samt samla in kompletterande data. Den som får tjänsten förväntas utföra högkvalitativ forskning och publicera i internationella vetenskapliga tidskrifter.

Sista ansökningsdag: 25 november 2019

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We are hiring: Postdoctoral fellow

Posted: 1 May, 2019

This two year postdoctoral position includes independent as well as collaborative research work within the project JUSTEMOTIONS. The first year will be spent collecting data in the US working with Professor Terry Maroney of Vanderbilt University, The post doc is expected to perform high level research and publish in international, scientific journals. 

Closing date: 22 May 2019

See full description and apply here. Klicka här för svenska. 

Fulbright visit

Posted: 4 April, 2019

Emeritus Centennial Distinguished Professor of Law Susan Bandes will visit Uppsala University on a Fulbright Expert Award in collaboration with the JUSTEMOTIONS project 13-17 May. During her stay, Professor Bandes will take part in a workshop (see below), hold seminars, lectures and advice the research project.


Posted: 4 April, 2019

JUSTEMOTIONS organizes a workshop on LAW & EMOTION - Empathy, Objectivity and Remorse, 13-14 May in Engelska parken, Uppsala University. For pdf program, click here.

Senast uppdaterad: 2021-09-17