Entertaining Crime: Television Reality Programs / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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In 11 original studies, social scientists analyze the variables and larger cultural context of such reality crime television programs as America's Most Wanted, Cops, and Unsolved Mysteries. Lest one thinks this a peculiar US genre, they also study the popularity of such "hyperreality" programs, their audiences, their ideological underpinnings, and their influence on the perception of crime in several European countries. This volume could serve as a provocative primary or supplementary text in courses addressing crime and the media. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202306162
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/31/1998
  • Series: Social Problems and Social Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gray Cavender is Professor, School of Justice Studies, Arizona State University. Dr. Cavender is co-author of Corporate Crime Under Attack: The Ford Pinto Case and Beyond.

Mark Fishman is Associate Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Dr. Fishman is the author of Manufacturing the News, and numerous journal articles related to crime news.

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Table of Contents

1 Television Reality Crime Programs: Context and History 1
2 The Color of Crime: Perceptions of Caucasians' and African-Americans' Involvement in Crime 19
3 "Crimewatch UK": Women's Interpretations of Televised Violence 37
4 Ratings and Reality: The Persistence of the Reality Crime Genre 59
5 In "The Shadow of Shadows": Television Reality Crime Programming 79
6 "Cops": Television Policing as Policing Reality 95
7 Armed With the Power of Television: Reality Crime Programming and the Reconstruction of Law and Order in the United States 117
8 The World of Crime According to "Cops" 141
9 Mixed Messages: Images of Domestic Violence on "Reality" Television 159
10 Crime Fighting by Television in the Netherlands 175
11 "Temoin No. 1": Crime Shows on French Television 193
Biographical Sketches of the Contributors 211
Index 213
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