Media representations of law and order are matters of keen public interest and have been the subject of intense debate amongst those with an interest in the media, crime and criminal justice.
Despite being an increasingly high profile subject few publications address this subject head on. This book aims to meet this need by bringing together an important range of papers from leading researchers in the field, addressing issues of fictional, factual and hybrid representations in the media -the so called 'docu-dramas' and 'faction'.
Paul Mason is a Lecturer in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, UK. He has written extensively in the field of crime and media, and is the editor of Criminal Visions: media representations of crime and justice (2003) and co-author (with Frank Leishman) of Policing and the Media: facts, fictions and factions (2003), both published by Willan Publishing. He is Editor of the Journal of Crime, Conflict and Media Culture.
Introduction: visions of crime and justice by P. Mason Part One: Criminal Visions in Context 1. From law and order to lynch mobs: crime news since the Second World War by R. Reiner, S. Livingstone and J. Allen 2. Video violence: how far can you go? by J. Petley 3. 'Signal crimes': detective work, mass media and constructing collective memory by M. Innes Part Two: Criminal Representations - Crimes and Criminals 4. Masculinity, morality and action: Michael Mann and the heist movie by J. Rayner 5. Sex crime and the media: press representations in Northern Ireland by C. Greer 6. Organized crime: Mafia myths in film and television by G. S. Larke 7. Political violence, Irish Republicanism and the British media: semantics, symbiosis and the state by M. Hayes 8. Mass media/mass murder: serial killer cinema and the modern violated body by I. Conrich Part Three: Criminal Decisions - Agencies and Agents 9. Photo stories and family albums: imaging criminals and victims on Crimewatch UK by D. Jermyn 10. Media representations of visual surveillance by M. McCahill 11. Completing the 'half-formed picture'? Media images of policing by R. C. Mawby 12. Film lawyers: above and beyond the law by S. Greenfield and G. Osborn 13. British justice: not suitable for public viewing? by D. Stepniak 14. The screen machine: cinematic representations of prison by P. Mason