Rape on Trial: How the Mass Media Construct Legal Reform and Social Change / Edition 1

Rape on Trial: How the Mass Media Construct Legal Reform and Social Change / Edition 1

by Lisa M. Cuklanz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812215591

ISBN-13: 9780812215595

Pub. Date: 11/01/1995

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Why has so much of the public discussion of rape focused on a few specific cases, and to what extent has this discussion incorporated the feminist perspective on rape? Rape on Trial explores these questions and provides answers based on a detailed examination of the mainstream news coverage of the John and Greta Rideout marital rape case, the Big Dan's

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Why has so much of the public discussion of rape focused on a few specific cases, and to what extent has this discussion incorporated the feminist perspective on rape? Rape on Trial explores these questions and provides answers based on a detailed examination of the mainstream news coverage of the John and Greta Rideout marital rape case, the Big Dan's Tavern gang rape case, and the Webb-Dotson rape recantation case.

Lisa M. Cuklanz traces where and how rape reform ideas were granted legitimacy in mainstream news coverage. She finds that while the subsequent fictionalized versions frequently adopted the themes foregrounded in the news coverage, they usually were more sympathetic toward—and indeed often took on—the rape victim's point of view.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812215595
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Series:
Feminist Cultural Studies, the Media, and Political Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction: Why Famous Rape Trials?1
2A Particular Social Reality: Rape Law and Rape Law Reform14
3Issue-Oriented Trials in the Context of Social Change33
4Mainstream Coverage: Trials as News Events48
5Popular Re-Presentations85
6Conclusion114
References123
Index131

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