New Article: “Making Independent Decisions Together: Rational Emotions in Legal Adjudication” by Stina Bergman Blix https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.549 #sssi #law @sociologylens

In her article ” “Making Independent Decisions Together: Rational Emotions in Legal Adjudication” Sina Berbman Blix analyzes rational decision‐making in court as an emotive‐cognitive process formed in and through social interaction. Bergman Blix draws on current theoretical discussions that have revealed how emotion and thought are intertwined in the workings of the human brain but have seldom elaborated on the contextual and structural features of rational‐emotional decision‐making. She proposes a model that maps emotional processes and emotional management demands to the temporally extended, stepwise process of rational‐legal decision‐making. Her article shows that (a) the bounded structure of the decision‐making process actualizes different emotive‐cognitive complexes at different stages and (b) the demand for objectivity in rational decision‐making calls for parallel emotional processes and subject positions to remain independent while sustaining social cohesion.

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