Looking for Laura: Public Criminology and Hot News

Looking for Laura: Public Criminology and Hot News

By: David Wilson (author)Paperback

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David Wilson is one of the UK's best-known and most innovative criminologists. This thought-provoking book stems from the author's parallel experiences in the public eye - as a reporter for Sky News and contributor to BBC, ITV and both national and local newspapers and magazines, especially in relation to high profile cases and fast-moving events in the field of crime and punishment. 'Looking for Laura' provides a window through which to appreciate the media pressures that this can create even for a professor in this field and former prison governor with considerable experience of working with offenders who hit the headlines. The book also looks at the way in which crime is packaged and presented for consumption by a news-hungry public. By considering a range of media situations in which the author has been involved, it provides an absorbing context within which to understand the still relatively new field of public criminology. It has a Foreword by the award-winning investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre

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David Wilson is Professor of Criminology at the Centre for Criminal Justice Policy and Research at the University of Central England in Birmingham. A former prison governor, he is editor of the Howard Journal and a well-known author, broadcaster and presenter for TV and radio, including for the BBC, C4 and Sky Television. He has written four earlier books for Waterside Press: The Longest Injustice: The Strange Story of Alex Alexandrowicz (with the latter) (1999), Prison(er) Education: Stories of Change and Transformation (with Ann Reuss) (2000), Images of Incarceration: Representations of Prison in Film and Television Drama (with Sean O'Sullivan) (2004), and Serial Killers: Hunting Britons and Their Victims 1960-2006 (2007). Donal MacIntyre is an investigative journalist, television presenter and director.


Acknowledgements Introduction 1. - Children, the Internet and the Crime Figures 2. - Serial Killer Thrillers 3. - The Chief Constable - The Tale of a Criminal Justice Professional 4. - Celebrity Cons - Bronson, Banged Up and Bad Girls 5. - Serial Killers - Now You See Them, Now You Don't 6. - The Righteous Slaughter of Some Shootings 7. - The Offender Profiler 8. - Explaining OrdinaryA" Murder and Murder Investigations Postscript A Guide to Further Reading and Other References . Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 14/03/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781904380702
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781904380702
  • weight: 322
  • ISBN10: 1904380700

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