Causes and Consequences of Interpretive Disjuncture in Eviction Cases

Eviction transforms landlords into plaintiffs and tenants into defendants, reframing expansive histories of housing trouble into legal problems. Researchers note high rates of default judgments against tenants, a majority of tenants without attorneys, and a disconnect between the ways that landlords and tenants understand cases.
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Studies reveal the micro-foundations of case outcomes by explaining causes and consequences of interpretive disjuncture. How does interpretive disjuncture shape case trajectories and outcomes as housing trouble transforms into an eviction lawsuit? Everyday and institutional challenges shape tenants’ interpretive processes as they navigate eviction.

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