Crime and Law in Media Culture / Edition 1

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Overview

* Can we any longer 'separate out' crime, the law, and the media?
* What does contemporary media culture do to our understanding of crime and the law?
* What is the impact of cyberculture on crime and the law?

This book explores the situating of law and crime within the vast range and scope of contemporary media forms. It begins from the premise that the whole of society, including crime and criminal justice, is embraced by media culture. 'The media' are viewed not as a set of institutions, but as a myriad of communicative forms or expressive techniques ranging from soaps to cyberworlds. Sheila Brown shows how crime and the law, or our understanding of them, are produced, reproduced, disturbed, and challenged in and through media culture.

A lively and engaging text, this book contains a wide range of topical examples and provides a theoretically coherent examination of the field, providing an accessible critique of cultural theory along the way. It opens up the boundaries between the more traditional aspects of law and criminology, and the broader concerns of sociology and cultural studies. The result will be essential reading for students and a key reference for researchers as well as those with a wider interest in crime and the media.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335205486
  • Publisher: Open University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Brown is Lecturer in Criminology at the Faculty of Law, University of Sheffield and has lectured in sociology and criminology since 1989. Formerly known for her challenging work in the field of youth and crime, over the past few years she has been researching the ways in which crime and law are embedded in everyday life through media cultures. Travels through the USA, cyberspace, TV, cinemas and crime fiction have been used as research journeys to explore the boundaries between fact and fiction in crime and the law. She is currently researching in the areas of science and crime, and mobile phone cultures.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Preface Mediatization, modernity and globalization crime and law in media culture?
Real crime/crime stories the collapse of fantasy and fact?
Novel forms, dramatic scenes crime and law in popular culture Does splatter matter? representing violence, regulating consumption
(S)talking in cyberspace virtuality, crime and law Crime, law, media futures Bibliography Index.

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