Law and Order: Images, Meanings, Myths

Law and Order: Images, Meanings, Myths

by Mariana Valverde
     
 

In an innovative departure from the much-studied field of 'crime in the media', this lively book focuses its attention on the forces of law and order; how they visualize and represent danger and criminality and how they represent themselves as authorities.

After two chapters covering basic terms and tools in the study of culture and representation, the book

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In an innovative departure from the much-studied field of 'crime in the media', this lively book focuses its attention on the forces of law and order; how they visualize and represent danger and criminality and how they represent themselves as authorities.

After two chapters covering basic terms and tools in the study of culture and representation, the book covers such topics as the history of justice - system methods for visualizing criminality, from fingerprinting to DNA; the emergence of a 'forensic gaze' that begins with Edgar Allan Poe and Sherlock Holmes and culminates in the American television show Crime Scene
Investigation
and the rise of ways of seeing urban space that constantly divide the city into 'good' and 'bad' areas. The final chapter uses some recent conflicts regarding the legal admissibility of 'gruesome pictures' to reflect on the importance of the visual in our everyday experiences, both of safety and of danger.

Shortlisted for the Hart SLSA Book Prize 2007

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781904385837
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/22/2006
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Semiotic Tools for Analyzing Representations. Sociological Questions about Representations. Police Pictures. The Forensic Gaze: The World as a Set of Clues. Visualizing Criminogenic Spaces. Crusading Lawyers, Crooked Lawyers: American Litigiousness and Representation. The Prison as a Movie Set. Gruesome Pictures

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