Crime, Justice and the Media

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Routledge, Jan 21, 2009 - Social Science - 192 pages

Crime, Justice and the Media examines and analyzes the relationship between the media and crime, criminals and the criminal justice system. It considers how crime and criminals have been portrayed by the media over time, applying different theoretical perspectives on the media to the way crime, criminals and justice is reported. It focuses on a number of specific areas of crime and criminal justice in terms of media representation - these areas include moral panics over specific crimes and criminals (including youth crime, cybercrime and paedophilia), the media portrayal of victims of crime and criminals and the way the media represent criminal justice agencies.

The book offers a clear, accessible and comprehensive analysis of theoretical thinking on the relationship between the media, crime and criminal justice and a detailed examination of how crime, criminals and others involved in the criminal justice process are portrayed by the media.

A key strength of the book is its interactive approach - throughout the text students are encouraged to respond to the material presented and think for themselves.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction A Brief History of the Media Portrayal of Crime and Criminals
1
CHAPTER 2 Applying Theoretical Perspectives on the Media to Crime
14
CHAPTER 3 The Media and Moral Panics Theories and Examples
40
CHAPTER 4 The Media Portrayal of Criminals
68
CHAPTER 5 The Media Portrayal of Victims
101
CHAPTER 6 The Media and the Criminal Justice System
128
CHAPTER 7 New Media Technology and Crime Cybercrime
154
CHAPTER 8 The Media Punishment and Public Opinion
181
REFERENCES
191
INDEX
197
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Ian Marsh is Principal Lecturer in Criminology at Liverpool Hope University and is a widely published textbook author. His recent publications include Theories of Crime (Routledge 2006 - with Gaynor Melville, Keith Morgan, Gareth Norris and Zoe Walkington); Criminal Justice: An Introduction to Philosophies, Theories and Practice (Routledge 2004 - with Gaynor Melville and John Cochrane); and Sociology: Making Sense of Society (3rd ed, Pearson, 2005 - with Mike Keating).

Gaynor Melville is Lecturer in Criminology at Liverpool Hope University. Her publications include Theories of Crime (Routledge 2006 - with Ian Marsh, Keith Morgan, Gareth Norris and Zoe Walkington); and Criminal Justice: An Introduction to Philosophies, Theories and Practice (Routledge 2004 - with Ian Marsh and John Cochrane).

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