Date of Award


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Justice Studies

First Advisor

Judah Schept


Criminological research on emotionality and emotional demonstration in justice processes remains underdeveloped. One method of approaching the issue of understanding emotions in the justice setting is to conceptualize them as a form of social communication, impacted by the structure of the legal domain yet holding significant influence on their own. This thesis seeks to establish how emotions are rooted in social dynamics, and how the justice system, in both restorative and punitive contexts, including prison environments, creates specific social conditions that guide emotional demonstration and interpretation. The comprehensive review of established literature leads to the initial conclusion that emotions are representations of greater social phenomenon in the justice setting and are impacted by, and impactful on, the legal efforts.

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Criminology Commons