Forensics in American Culture

Forensics in American Culture

by Jean Ford
     
 

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Why are programs such as CSI, Law & Order, and Cold Case so popular? Because our culture is fascinated with crime-and these television shows reveal investigators procedures and secrets. With so many forensic based television programs it might seem that North America's morbid curiosity is a new phenomenon. The truth is, however, that humans have always been

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Why are programs such as CSI, Law & Order, and Cold Case so popular? Because our culture is fascinated with crime-and these television shows reveal investigators procedures and secrets. With so many forensic based television programs it might seem that North America's morbid curiosity is a new phenomenon. The truth is, however, that humans have always been fascinated by that which also frightens them. What's more humans are attracted to puzzles-and forensic science offers opportunities to solve mysteries while at the same time "catching the bad guys." Modern media has only magnified the tendencies of previous generations. This book takes a look at the ways this fascination with crime shapes modern news media, television programming, movies, and the Internet. It also provides information on the real-life opportunities for forensic careers Forensic science is more than just a cultural obsession-it's a fast growing professional field. Forensics in American Culture will reveal this field's intriguing mixture of science mystery excitement, and justice.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Have you ever watched CSI or any of the many other television shows that focus on true crime and solving of the most heinous actions? If so you have observed how the media presents the complicated science that criminologists bring to bear on evidence in order to solve crimes. While Hollywood and the television networks may skirt the truth in terms of how they present forensic science it remains fascinating to viewers and remains a major factor in this genre’s popularity. In Forensics in American Culture author Jean Ford offers readers a look behind the curtain of forensic practices as applied to the field of law enforcement. In telling this story Ford does well by her readers in terms of the depth of her content, the presentation of potential career paths in this scientific field, and how real life CSIs operate as they strive to crack cases. This book is a thoughtful one that starkly presents the realities of a field that at least tangentially is familiar to many people. One cautionary note rests in the fact that many of the cases that the author includes as examples within the body of her work are quite graphic in terms of the violent crimes that have occurred and are not for readers below high school level. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 12 up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422228708
Publisher:
Mason Crest, an Imprint of National Highlight
Publication date:
09/28/2013
Series:
Solving Crimes With Science Series: Forensics
Pages:
112
Lexile:
1140L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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