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Offensive Language Crimes in Law, Media, and Popular Culture  

Elyse Methven

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Jul 2017
In Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, public order laws criminalize the use of swearing, offensive, or abusive language in a public place. Police officers use these laws as tools ... More

Online Crime  

Majid Yar

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Dec 2016
The development of the Internet and related communication technologies has had a transformative effect upon social, political, economic, and cultural life. It has also facilitated the ... More

Organized Child Sexual Abuse in the Media  

Michael Salter

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Jan 2017
Organized sexual abuse refers to the coordinated sexual abuse of multiple children by multiple perpetrators. It has proved to be a particularly controversial form of sexual abuse. Initial ... More

Organized Crime Mythologies  

Patricia (Paddy) Rawlinson

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Dec 2016
Organized crime is one of the most popular topics of media attention within the crime genre, providing a plethora of fictional representations and factual explanations for popular ... More

Police Dramas on Television  

Ken Dowler

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Nov 2016
Since the inception of television, portrayal of crime and justice has been a central feature on television. In particular, the police are featured as prominent characters in many fictional ... More

Police, Media, and Popular Culture  

Alyce McGovern and Nickie D. Phillips

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Aug 2017
The relationship between the police and the media is complex, multidimensional, and contingent. Since the development of modern-day policing, the police and the media have interacted with ... More

Politics of Vision in the Carceral State: Legibility and Looking in Hostile Territory  

Ashley Hunt

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Oct 2017
As we begin to think about the United States as a carceral state, this means that the scale of incarceration practices have grown so great within it that they have a determining effect on ... More

Popular Criminology  

Steven Kohm

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Apr 2017
Popular criminology is a theoretical and conceptual approach within the field of criminology that is used to interrogate popular understandings of crime and criminal justice. In the last ... More

Pornification and the Mainstreaming of Sex  

Susanna Paasonen

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Oct 2016
The changing cultural role, visibility, and meaning of pornography, particularly its increased accessibility and the sociocultural reverberations that this is seen to cause, have been ... More

Prisons in Popular Culture  

Dawn K. Cecil

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Mar 2017
Popular culture has the ability to entertain and, on some level, educate. People’s perceptions and understanding of an issue can be influenced by the images and messages contained within ... More

Professional Criminals and White-Collar Crime in Popular Culture  

Timothy Holmes

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Mar 2017
In 1940, Edwin Sutherland claimed that the discipline of criminology was operating with an inaccurate view of criminal behavior. He argued that criminology focused too much on the ... More

Psychopathy and the Media  

David W. Jones

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Apr 2017
The term “psychopath” has come in popular use to be understood as a description of an individual who seems to have a clear and rational understanding of the world around them; they are not ... More

Pussy Riot and the Politics of Resistance in Contemporary Russia  

Yuliya Zabyelina and Roman Ivashkiv

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Jan 2017
Pussy Riot was a feminist punk-rock group based in Moscow, Russian Federation. It was founded by a group of several young women in the summer of 2011, following the announcement that ... More

Reality TV Crime Programs  

Annette Hill

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Aug 2017
Crime reality television is a significant origin story in understanding reality entertainment. In the 1980s, crime reality television captured the public’s imagination with cold cases, ... More

Representations of Law, Rights, and Criminal Justice  

Stefan Machura

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Apr 2017
Criminal justice and its institutions are key objects of popular culture and attract extensive media attention. The portrayal of the justice system, its rules, professions, and ... More

Representations of Public Sex in Crime, Media, and Popular Culture  

David Bell

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Jul 2017
Public sex is a term used to describe various forms of sexual practice that take place in public, including cruising, cottaging (sex in public toilets), and dogging. Public sex has a long ... More

Resistance in Popular Culture  

Marc Schuilenburg

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Feb 2017
Much of the existing research on video games seems to stall over the issue of whether or not violence in games is as innocent as is alleged. Scientists are still divided as to whether or ... More

School Shootings in the Media  

Glenn Muschert and Jaclyn Schildkraut

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Jul 2017
Stories about crime are staples in modern mainstream media, with the greatest emphasis placed on the most extreme cases. School shootings are particularly exemplary of this, as when word ... More

Security and Surveillance in Film  

Timothy Holmes

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Jul 2017
Security and surveillance have featured heavily in film over the years. Their depiction has provided a platform for debate about appropriate levels of surveillance and has provided ... More

Serial Killing and Representation  

Phillip L. Simpson

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Jul 2017
Serial killing is an age-old problem, though it was not popularly known by that name until the 1980s. It took the rise of mass media and the mechanisms of mass production to create the ... More

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