Framing Crime: Cultural Criminology and the Image / Edition 1

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Overview

In a world in which media images of crime and deviance proliferate, where every facet of offending is reflected in a ‘vast hall of mirrors’, Framing Crime: Cultural Criminology and the Image makes sense of the increasingly blurred line between the real and the virtual.

Images of crime and crime control have become almost as 'real' as crime and criminal justice itself. The meaning of both crime and crime control now resides, not solely in the essential – and essentially false – factuality of crime rates or arrest records, but also in the contested processes of symbolic display, cultural interpretation, and representational negotiation.

It is essential, then, that criminologists are closely attuned to the various ways in which crime is imagined, constructed and framed within modern society.

Framing Crime responds to this demand with a collection of papers aimed at helping the reader to understand the ways in which the contemporary ‘story of crime’ is constructed and promulgated through the image. It also provides the relevant analytical and research tools to unearth the hidden social and ideological concerns that frequently underpin images of crime, violence and transgression.

Framing Crime will be of interest to students and academics in the fields of criminology, crime and the media, and sociology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415459044
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/8/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 0.62 (w) x 0.92 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith J. Hayward is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology and the Director of undergraduate criminology at the University of Kent.

The late Mike Presdee was Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors ix

1 Opening the lens: cultural criminology and the image Keith Hayward 1

2 Crime, punishment and the force of photographic spectacle Phil Carney 17

3 The decisive moment: documentary photography and cultural criminology Jeff Ferrell Cécile Van de Voorde 36

4 Hindley's ghost: the visual construction of Maxine Carr Philip J. Jones Claire Wardle 53

5 Screening crime: cultural criminology goes to the movies Majid Yar 68

6 The scene of the crime: is there such a thing as 'just looking'? Alison Young 83

7 Imagining the 'war on terror': fiction, film, and framing Alexandra Campbell 98

8 Framing the crimes of colonialism: critical images of aboriginal art and law Chris Cunneen 115

9 'Drive it like you stole it': a cultural criminology, of car commercials Stephen L. Muzzatti 138

10 Staging an execution: the media at McVeigh Bruce Hoffman Michelle Brown 156

11 Fighting with images: the production and consumption of violence among online football supporters Damián Zaitch Tom de Leeuw 172

12 A reflected gaze of humanity: cultural criminology and images of genocide Wayne Morrison 189

Index 208

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