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Media and crime: content, context and consequence


Clifford, K and White, R, Media and crime: content, context and consequence, Oxford University Press, Australia, pp. 304. ISBN 9780195598285 (2017) [Authored Research Book]

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Copyright 2017 Katrina Clifford and Rob White

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The importance of media criminology as a disciplinary field and form of analysis is incontrovertible. But how to undertake such analysis is less than straightforward. The purpose of this book is to map out what we see as the constituent elements of such an endeavour. We start by outlining the theoretical foundations of the book in Chapters 2 and 3. These chapters provide extended discussions of framing theory, practice and analysis, and lay out the basic conceptual repertoire of media criminology (as we understand the term). The second part explores faming effects and media practices by examining issues pertaining to police, courts and the media; victims and offenders; and prisons and innovative justice. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 focus on mediated accounts of criminal justice institutions and stakeholders, and the implications of these for understanding and interpreting what happens within these particular social contexts. Part three examines the politics of mediated representation in Chapters 7, 8 and 9, which deal with particular population groups. These include young people (in particular, young people as offenders), groups subjected to racial vilification in and through media, and institutions and people of power who largely seem to escape the hazards of negative media attention. The final part of the book, audiences, industries and technologies, comprises Chapters 10 and 11, which consider the status and dynamics of crime as entertainment (specifically, through the lens of the 'CSI effect'), and the complex issues associated with knowledge production and consumption as mediated in and by cyberspace. The book concludes with a few overarching observations and suggestions for future research in Chapter 12.

The chapters have been designed to stand alone as critical interventions and discussions within their respective fields and in terms of their relationship to the media-crime nexus. Despite this, in writing each of the sections, we have been motivated by a core set of concerns and aims; many of which are elaborated in Chapter 2, and which we return to at different moments throughout the book. These concerns and aims principally include the desire to promote a more integrated and interdisciplinary approach towards the practice of media criminology. We wish to express a more nuanced and applied understanding of 'media' and media practices and, in doing so, encourage readers to upturn and expose some of the potentially hidden intricacies and complexities of the relationship between media and crime in the contemporary mediascape. This includes, but by no means is limited to, a broader and potentially more productive conceptualisation of 'media' and 'media effects'; recognition of the fragmentation of the traditional categories of 'producers' and 'audiences' with the emergence of media actors'; and an appreciation of the increasing importance and centrality of the 'visual' within media criminology and mediated representations of crime.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:media, criminology, criminal justice, framing analysis
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Journalism studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Clifford, K (Dr Katrina Clifford)
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:116679
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-05-16
Last Modified:2018-04-13

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