Csi Effect

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The CSI Effect: Television, Crime, and Governance demonstrates that CSI's appeal cannot be disentangled from its production as a televisual text or the broader discourses and practices that circulate within our social landscape. This groundbreaking interdisciplinary collection bridges the gap between the study of popular culture media and the study of crime, and fosters the development of a new set of theoretical languages in which the mediated dynamics of crime, criminalization, and governing can be carefully considered.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739124710
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Critical Studies in Television Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 0.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables

CSI as Neoliberalism: An Introduction Michele Byers Byers, Michele Val Marie Johnson Johnson, Val Marie

Pt. I Producing Justice, Science, and Television Drama

1 Science Fiction or Social Fact?: An Exploratory Content Analysis of Popular Press Reports on the CSI Effect Elizabeth Harvey Harvey, Elizabeth Linda Derksen Derksen, Linda 3

2 The Science and Careers of CSI Sherah VanLaerhoven VanLaerhoven, Sherah Gail Anderson Anderson, Gail 29

3 CSI and Law & Order: Dueling Representations of Science and the Law in the Criminal Justice System Kurt Hohenstein Hohenstein, Kurt 61

4 Generic Difference and Innovation in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nichola Dobson Dobson, Nichola 75

Pt. II Bodies of Evidence

5 Corpses, Spectacle, Illusion: The Body as Abject and Object in CSI Basil Glynn Glynn, Basil Jeongmee Kim Kim, Jeongmee 93

6 The City of Our Times: Space, Identity, and the Body in CSI: Miami Patrick West West, Patrick 111

7 The Crime Scene, the Evidential Fetish, and the Usable Past William J. Turkel Turkel, William J. 133

Pt. III Late Modern Subjects

8 Not the Usual Suspects: The Obfuscation of Political Economy and Race in CSI Kevin Denys Bonnycastle Bonnycastle, Kevin Denys 149

9 Troping Mr. Johnson: Reading Phallic Mastery and Anxiety on Season One of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mythili Rajiva Rajiva, Mythili 177

10 Forensic Music: Channeling the Dead on Post-9/11 Television Lawrence Kramer Kramer, Lawrence 201

Appendix A Primary Character List 221

Appendix B Episode Guide 223

Appendix C Dataset of Press Sources on CSI and the CSI Effect, 2002-2005 227

Bibliography 235

Index 253

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