Law and Justice as Seen on TV / Edition 1

Law and Justice as Seen on TV / Edition 1

by Elayne Rapping
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814775616

ISBN-13: 9780814775615

Pub. Date: 11/01/2003

Publisher: New York University Press

Law and Justice as Seen on TV examines the impact, significance, and social and political problems raised by the enormous onslaught of law-related television programming. The book weaves together the various strands -- media history and analysis, legal history and policy, and the national turn to the political right in the last decades -- that gave birth to this trend

Overview

Law and Justice as Seen on TV examines the impact, significance, and social and political problems raised by the enormous onslaught of law-related television programming. The book weaves together the various strands -- media history and analysis, legal history and policy, and the national turn to the political right in the last decades -- that gave birth to this trend and have kept it thriving and growing. Beginning with the history of courtroom drama on TV in the late 1940s and reaching up to the present. Rapping analyzes the various entertainment series and genres that have so proliferated in recent years such as Law and Order and Cops. She then charts the complex and contested history of the coming of cameras to the courtroom, revealing how they led to televised trials and to the rise of Court TV. Finally, she examines major social issues -- gender violence, youth crime, family dysfunction, victims' rights -- which, with the rise of the courtroom as a major political and television arena, have come to be viewed largely as legal issues. The book concludes with an examination of the broad implications of this social and cultural trend, closing with some thoughts about its expansion, on television and in the actual legal arena, during the "war on terrorism" in the wake of 9/11.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814775615
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
309
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
IFiction and Entertainment Genres
1The Return of the Attorney-Hero: Politics and Justice in the Prime-Time Courtroom21
2Aliens, Nomads, Mad Dogs, and Road Warriors: Tabloid TV and the New Face of Criminal Violence48
3Signs of the Times: Oz and the Sudden Visibility of Prisons on Television71
IINews and Documentary Genres
4Cameras, Court TV, and the Rise of the Criminal Trial as Major Media Event103
5The Politics of Representation: Gender Violence and Criminal Justice138
6Television and Family Dysfunction: From the Talk Show to the Courtroom169
7Television and the Demonization of Youth202
8Television, Melodrama, and the Rise of the Victims' Rights Movement236
Conclusion: The Criminalization of American Life252
Notes273
Index289
About the Author309

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