From video games that allow us to participate in Mafia-style violence, to newspaper reports about the latest terrorist atrocity, from detective novels that fill our bedside cabinets, to Hollywood's beloved legal dramas - the mass media is saturated with stories about crime, justice and disorder. Together they create a cultural landscape of crime that is distinctly at odds with reality, as criminologists are apt to complain.
Crime and the Media attempts to make sense of this cultural landscape and its relationship with broader social trends and public attitudes. Through focussed, critical discussions about crime in the media - taking on crime news and fictional representations of cops, courts, and corrections - the text equips students with an understanding of the key theoretical concepts and methodological tools that are required to undertake media analysis.
With questions for discussion, exercises and workshop sessions, as well as techniques for analysing crime in a range of media formats, the book makes an invaluable contribution to crime and media courses, and to the social sciences in general.
Sarah E.H. Moore is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Criminology and Sociology at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. She has published widely in international journals, including the British Journal of Criminology and Crime, Media, Culture. She is also the author of Ribbon Culture (2008) which won the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for Best First Sole-authored Book in Sociology.
Introduction.- PART I: CRIME IN THE NEWS.- Introduction.- 1. How Does Crime Become News?.- 2. Terrorism in the News.- 3. Victims of Sexual Violence in the News.- 4. Crime News Effects.- PART II: CONCEPTUALISING MEDIA COVERAGE OF CRIME.- Introduction.- 5. Moral Panics.- 6. Cautionary Tales.- 7. Crime Legends.- 8. Cultural Trauma.- PART III: ANALYSING THE MEDIA.- Introduction.- 9. Content Analysis.- 10.Narrative Analysis.- 11. Discourse Analysis.- PART IV: FICTIONAL WORLDS OF CRIME, JUSTICE, AND ORDER .- Introduction.- 12. Revenge and Retribution in Deadwood.- 13. Prison and Rehabilitation in A Clockwork Orange: Thinking afresh about 'what works'.- 14. Stories of Criminal Detection from Christie to CSI.- 15. Passing Judgement: The 'Double Trial Structure' of Four Hollywood Legal Dramas .- 16. 'Real-Life' Crime and Police-Work in Cops.- Conclusion.