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Big Data and Visuality  

Janet Chan

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Jul 2017
Internet and telecommunications, ubiquitous sensing devices, and advances in data storage and analytic capacities have heralded the age of Big Data, where the volume, velocity, and variety ... More

Capital Punishment, Closure, and Media  

Jody Madeira

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Nov 2016
In contemporary society, “closure” refers to “end to a traumatic event or an emotional process” (Berns, 2011, pp. 18–19)—and, in the more specific context of capital punishment, ... More

Content Analysis in the Study of Crime, Media, and Popular Culture  

Lisa A. Kort-Butler

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Sep 2016
Content analysis is considered both a quantitative and a qualitative research method. The overarching goal of much of the research using this method is to demonstrate and understand how ... More

Crime and Celebrity  

Lindsay Steenberg

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Mar 2017
This article brings together scholarship on crime and celebrity in media culture to offer an overview on the works that engage with their intersection points. Focusing on Anglo-American ... More

Crimesploitation  

Paul Kaplan and Daniel LaChance

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Apr 2017
Crimesploitation is a kind of reality television programming that depicts nonactors committing, detecting, prosecuting, and punishing criminal behavior. In programs like Cops, To Catch a ... More

Experimental Design in the Study of Crime Media and Popular Culture  

Cara Rabe-Hemp and John C. Navarro

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Aug 2016
In the study of crime media and popular culture, researchers have a wide range of research methodologies at their disposal. Each methodology or standardized practice for producing ... More

Feminist Themes in Television Crime Dramas  

Nancy C. Jurik and Gray Cavender

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Jun 2017
The academic literature notes that male-centered protagonists dominated the crime genre (novels, film, television) for many years. However, beginning in the 1970s, when women began to ... More

Historical Representations of Crime and the Criminal  

Eamonn Carrabine

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Aug 2017
The enduring popular fascination with crime and criminality suggests that history matters. In the most obvious sense, current representations of crime in the media bear traces of earlier ... More

Human Trafficking and the Media in the United States  

Rachel Austin and Amy Farrell

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Apr 2017
Although the exploitation of people for profit is not a new phenomenon, in the late 1990s and early 2000s international leaders, advocates, and the public became increasingly concerned ... More

Methodological Approaches to Studying Crime and Popular Culture in New Media  

Francine Banner

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Mar 2017
Researchers across varied disciplines have begun to explore social media as a new delta of communication; however, few are taking a hard look at social media as it relates to crime. Sites ... More

Moral Panics  

Chas Critcher

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Mar 2017
The concept of moral panic was first developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1960s, principally by Stan Cohen, initially for the purpose of analyzing the definition of and social ... 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

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

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

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

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

Sex Crimes and the Media  

Tanya Serisier

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Jan 2017
In media representations the term sex crimes most frequently refers to rape and child sexual abuse, although it can include a wider range of acts such as exhibitionism and voyeurism. While ... More

Terrorism and Counter-terrorism in Popular Culture in the Post-9/11 Context  

Stephen Muzzatti

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Feb 2017
The themes of terrorism and counter-terrorism have infused the America media’s cultural production for several decades. These popular culture products were designed first for consumption ... More

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