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Homicide in Television Drama Series  

Penny Crofts

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Jul 2017
This chapter analyzes the representation of homicide in contemporary television drama series. The chapter draws upon critical analysis from the fields of criminal law, criminology, law and ... 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

Ideology in the Crime Genre  

Timothy O. Lenz

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Mar 2017
The media inform the public about crime while also reflecting and shaping thinking about crime. The news media primarily provide information when they report on crime as part of the ... More

Images of Alternative Justice: The Alternative of Restorative Justice  

Brunilda Pali

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Sep 2017
This article analyzes the tension created between the lack of images and the imagination of alternative justice from the particular perspective of “restorative justice.” The most sustained ... More

Infanticide in 19th-Century England  

Nicolá Goc

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Sep 2017
Throughout the history of journalism the notion of a mother killing her infant child—committing an act of infanticide—has always been high on the news values scale. In the 19th century, ... More

Journalistic Depictions of Violence against Women in India  

Meenakshi Gigi Durham

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Nov 2016
News narratives of violence against women in India are part of a larger discourse of Orientalism that began in the nascent years of the British Raj and continues into the present; these ... More

Journalistic Depictions of Violence Against Women in Mexico  

Alice Driver

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Mar 2017
This article analyzes journalistic depictions of violence against girls and women in Mexico in the context of several high-profile cases that have played out in the country over the past ... More

Juries in Film and Television  

Nancy Marder

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Apr 2017
The early jury films typically portray the jury as a passive group of men who simply watch the trial with little reaction. They are meant to stand in for the viewer. The viewer, like the ... More

Lawyers and Courts in French Popular Culture  

Barbara Villez

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Aug 2017
From watching imported American popular culture dramas focusing on criminal justice, French television viewers have become confused as to how their own legal system really works. They have ... More

The Legal System in German Popular Culture  

Stefan Machura and Michael Böhnke

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Dec 2016
Legal themes, especially those related to crime, abound in German popular culture. This article covers some of the most politically significant and popular examples from the Weimar Republic ... More

Media, Criminology, and Criminal Justice  

Ray Surette

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Sep 2018
In the 1840s, cheap mass-marketed newspapers raised the relationship among the media, crime, and criminal justice to a new level. The intervening history has only strengthened the bonds, ... More

Media Representations of Domestic Violence  

Meda Chesney-Lind and Nicholas Chagnon

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Apr 2017
Though it is generally given less attention than sexual assault, domestic violence is quite often depicted in corporate media products, including news broadcasts, television shows, and ... 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

Military Justice in Film  

Ann Ching

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Apr 2017
Military justice films occupy a unique space in film and legal studies, marrying two popular genres—courtroom dramas and military-themed films. This article examines the military justice ... More

Miscarriages of Justice  

Randall Grometstein

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Sep 2017
Miscarriages of justice, also called wrongful convictions and errors of justice (Forst, 2004), have long been a subject of popular interest. Traditional ballads and stories recounted the ... 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

Moral Panics and Folk Devils  

Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Moral panics refer to cultural and social situations where heightened and exaggerated attention is given to a moral issue, accompanied by inflated demands to activate and practice steps to ... More

Moral Regulation and Media Representations of the Female Body  

Anne Cossins

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Mar 2017
The literature on sexualization is replete with controversial debates surrounding the sexualization of the female body in multiple media formats and how various scholars have sought to ... More

Music of the 1960s and Social Justice: Masterpieces of American Protest Songs and Why They Matter in the Trump Era  

Mark Hamm

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Aug 2017
This article offers a sociopolitical framework for appreciating seven masterpieces of American protest music that emerged during the tumultuous decade of the 1960s. Attention is paid to the ... More

Narrative Criminology: Crime as Produced by and Re-Lived Through Narratives  

Alfredo Verde

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Sep 2017
The origins of “narrative criminology”—meaning not so much the utilization of the narratives of (and on) criminals as the awareness of the importance of the narratives themselves and how ... More

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