Entertaining Crime: Television Reality Programs / Edition 1

Entertaining Crime: Television Reality Programs / Edition 1

by Gray Cavender
     
 

ISBN-10: 020230616X

ISBN-13: 9780202306162

Pub. Date: 12/31/1998

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

In eleven original studies by social scientists, this is the first volume to focus on television reality crime programming as a genre. Contributors address such questions as: why do these programs exist; what larger cultural meaning do they have; what effect do they have on audiences; and what do they indicate about crime and justice in the late twentieth

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In eleven original studies by social scientists, this is the first volume to focus on television reality crime programming as a genre. Contributors address such questions as: why do these programs exist; what larger cultural meaning do they have; what effect do they have on audiences; and what do they indicate about crime and justice in the late twentieth century? Adaptable at both undergraduate and graduate levels, Entertaining Crime will contribute to discussions of crime and the media, as well as crime in relation to other issues, such as gender, race/ethnicity, and fear of crime.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202306162
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
12/31/1998
Series:
Social Problems and Social Issues Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1Television Reality Crime Programs: Context and History1
2The Color of Crime: Perceptions of Caucasians' and African-Americans' Involvement in Crime19
3"Crimewatch UK": Women's Interpretations of Televised Violence37
4Ratings and Reality: The Persistence of the Reality Crime Genre59
5In "The Shadow of Shadows": Television Reality Crime Programming79
6"Cops": Television Policing as Policing Reality95
7Armed With the Power of Television: Reality Crime Programming and the Reconstruction of Law and Order in the United States117
8The World of Crime According to "Cops"141
9Mixed Messages: Images of Domestic Violence on "Reality" Television159
10Crime Fighting by Television in the Netherlands175
11"Temoin No. 1": Crime Shows on French Television193
Biographical Sketches of the Contributors211
Index213

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