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

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Overview

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.

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Meet the Author

Lisa M. Cuklanz is Chair of the Women's Studies Program and Associate Professor of Communication at Boston College. She is on the board of directors of the Radcliffe Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies and the author of Rape on Prime TimeTrial: How the Mass Media Construct Legal Reform and Social Change, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Why Famous Rape Trials? 1
2 A Particular Social Reality: Rape Law and Rape Law Reform 14
3 Issue-Oriented Trials in the Context of Social Change 33
4 Mainstream Coverage: Trials as News Events 48
5 Popular Re-Presentations 85
6 Conclusion 114
References 123
Index 131
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