Social Capital: Influence and Implications in Judicial Proceedings

Sara Gallagher, Fordham University


This paper explores the influence of Pierre Bourdieu's concept of social capital during trial proceedings and the corresponding media coverage. This includes examining a recent trial that involves two white, middle-class men, which allows for the focus to be on the distinctions between education, occupation and status within the community, as opposed to strictly monetary wealth. Evidence shows that prejudicial media coverage and both individual's social capital impacted the juror decision making and rendering the verdict, and explores the possibilities for legal and media reform.

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Gallagher, Sara, "Social Capital: Influence and Implications in Judicial Proceedings" (2012). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI13851756.