Psychology in and out of Court

Psychology in and out of Court

A Critical Examination of Legal Psychology

1st Edition - December 17, 1986

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  • Author: M. King
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483285900

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This book is a critical study of the work of legal psychologists, particularly in the United States, and the assumptions upon which the work is based. It rejects an experimentalist model of legal psychology and claims that the use of such a model is not scientific and therefore superior to other ways of analysing the legal system. It proposes ultimately an approach based upon the interpretive nature of human social experience and its effects upon behavior.


Of interest to law students, psychology students, magistrates, probation officers, and others interested in the interaction between psychology and the law.

Table of Contents

  • Making ends meet. Legal psychologists at work. Science and the legal system. Theoretical dilemmas. The fictions of legal behaviour. The challenge of research. The future of law and psychology.

Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1986
  • Published: December 17, 1986
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483285900

About the Author

M. King

Affiliations and Expertise

Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK

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