Making Trouble / Edition 1

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In Making Trouble leading scholars in criminology, sociology, criminal justice, women's studies, and social history explore the mediated cultural dynamics that construct images and understanding of crime, deviance, and control. Contributors examine the intertwined practices of the mass media, criminal justice agencies, political power holders, and criminal and deviant subcultures in producing and consuming contested representations of legality and illegality. While the collection provides broad analysis of contemporary topics, it also weaves this analysis around a set of innovative and unifying themes. These include the emergence of "situated media" within and between the various subcultures of crime, deviance, and control; the evolution of policing and social control as complex webs of mediated and symbolic meaning; the role of power, identity, and indifference in framing contemporary crime controversies, with special attention paid to the gendered construction of crime, deviance and control; and the importance of historical and cross-cultural dynamics in shaping understandings of crime, deviance, and control.

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"Making Trouble is the latest in a series of collections on cultural criminology compiled by Northern Arizona University criminal justice professor Jeff Ferrell and various co-editors (in this case Neil Websdale). Ferrell, one of criminology's brightest Young Turks, is the leading exponent of cultural criminology. Making Trouble is overall a smart, fresh and insightful collection, Ferrell and company's best effort yet in their ongoing attempt to develop a cultural criminology that captures the excitement and turmoil of a postmodern age." —Michael Petrunik, Canadian Journal of Sociology Online
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202306186
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/15/2006
  • Series: Social Problems and Social Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Websdale is associate professor of criminal justice, Northern Arizona University. He is the author of Rural Woman Battering and the Justice System: An Ethnography.

Jeff Ferrell is visiting professor of sociology, at Southern Methodist University and was Professor of Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University. He is the author of Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Urban Anarchy and was the recipient of the 1998 Critical Criminologist of the Year Award, presented by the Critical Criminology Division of the American Society of Criminology.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Materials for Making Trouble 3
2 The Elders Were Our Textbooks: The Importance of Traditional Stories in Social Control 25
3 The Historical Roots of Tabloid TV Crime 47
4 Dominant Ideology and Drugs in the Media 73
5 Predators: The Social Construction of "Stranger-Danger" in Washington State as a Form of Patriarchal Ideology 91
6 Media Misogyny: Demonizing "Violent" Girls and Women 115
7 "The War Against Women": Media Representations of Men's Violence Against Women in Australia 141
8 Detecting Masculinity 157
9 Wild Life: Constructions and Representations of Yardies 179
10 Punky in the Middle: Cultural Constructions of the 1996 Montreal Summer Uprisings (A Comedy in Four Acts) 203
11 Freight Train Graffiti: Subculture, Media, Dislocation 231
12 Reflections: The Visual as a Mode of Social Control 255
13 Police Homicide Files as Situated Media Substrates: An Exploratory Essay 277
14 Jihad as Terrorism: The Western Media and the Defamation of the Qu'ran 303
15 Fighting Terrorism As If Women Mattered: Anti-Abortion Violence as Unconstructed Terrorism 319
16 Taking the Trouble: Concluding Remarks and Future Directions 349
Biographical Sketches of the Contributors 365
Index 369
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