A cultural meaning of The New Yorker ‘Lawyer cartoon’

Kozin, Alexander V (2015) A cultural meaning of The New Yorker ‘Lawyer cartoon’. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 28 (4). pp. 801-823. ISSN 0952-8059

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Abstract

This essay concerns itself with the Lawyer cartoon, a thematic subgenre of the ‘‘The New Yorker Magazine’’ cartoon, which focuses on the legal profession in the US context. An examination of the cultural meaning of this phenomenon is carried out on the strength of ethnography of communication, which discloses the cartoon as a cultural, social and rhetorical artifact. Among the findings of this study are the structural components, functions, and the rules of configuring the Lawyer cartoon toward it becoming a matter of ‘‘risibility’’ as well as a matter of cultural symbolism. By presenting the attorney as an abnormal character with excessive and hypocritical characteristics, the Lawyer cartoon points to the ascriptions of a disrupted self, making the profession appear as fundamentally inauthentic.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Alexander Kozin
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 13:15
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2016 13:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59106
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