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Crime, Media and Culture



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Crime, Media and Culture by greg martin

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Do the media reflect, objectively what happens in the world, or are they active agents in socially constructing certain values, interests and beliefs? Do the media reproduce and reinforce prejudice and the stereotyping or marginalized groups, or actively challenge it? Do the media undermine or fortify the existing structures of power and authority? Does violence in the media make us more aggressive, more fearful, or both? This book seeks to provide students and researchers with an accessible interdisciplinary resource by attempting to answer these questions and more in a broad discussion of the intersection between crime, media and culture. Drawing on theoretical insights, contemporary case studies and recent research, this book introduces key issues in crime, media and culture and discusses methods of interrogating relationships between media representations of crime and crime `reality'. Topics covered include: moral panics and trial by media; fear of crime; media representations of female criminals; the role of the media in constructions of serial killing; the role of social media in crime control and the criminal justice process; media representation of terrorism and organized crime. By providing an overview of key ideas and concepts, as well as offering innovative insights into the impact of cultural dynamics upon the crime-media relationship, Crime, Media and Culture will be essential reading for academics and students engaged in the study of crime and media, cultural criminology and popular culture and crime.

Author Biography

Greg Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published research on political sociology, youth subcultures, law, criminology, and policing. He is author of Understanding Social Movements (Routledge 2015), and co-editor of Secrecy, Law and Society (Routledge, 2015).
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December 31st, 2018
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United Kingdom
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