Media, Process, and the Social Construction of Crime: Studies in Newsmaking Criminology / Edition 1

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This anthology explores the ways in which today's social problems such as homelessness, sexual assault, or drug abuse can be viewed as politically constructed, ideologically articulated, media-produced events. The readings examine the day-to-day operations of video and print journalists, analyzing how the media contributes to and reflects the dominant cultural ideologies about crime and crime control.
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A sure-to-be-controversial anthology that explores the ways in which today's social problems, such as homelessness, sexual assault, or drug abuse, can be viewed as politically constructed, ideologically articulated, and media-produced events. The essays suggest how oppositional discourse can expose biased media images and replace them with demystified images of crime and justice based on reason rather than emotion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815318552
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: Current Issues in Criminal Justice Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Ch. 1 Media, Society, and Criminology 3
Ch. 2 Crime News in the Old West 49
Ch. 3 Communal Violence and the Media: Lynchings and Their News Coverage by The New York Times between 1882 and 1930 69
Ch. 4 Crime in the News Media: A Refined Understanding of How Crimes Become News 95
Ch. 5 Predator Criminals as Media Icons 131
Ch. 6 University Professor or Sadistic Killer? A Content Analysis of the Newspaper Coverage of a Murder Case 159
Ch. 7 Murder and Mayhem in USA Today: A Quantitative Analysis of the National Reporting of States' News 187
Ch. 8 Patrolling the Facts: Media, Cops, and Crime 203
Ch. 9 Newsmaking Criminology: Reflections on the Media, Intellectuals, and Crime 237
Ch. 10 Becoming a Media Criminologist: Is "Newsmaking Criminology" Possible? 265
Ch. 11 Newsmaking Criminology as Replacement Discourse 287
Contributors 319
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