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In a world in which media images of crime and deviance proliferate, where every facet of offending is reflected in a vast hall of mirrors ", Framing Crime: Cultural Criminology and the Imagemakes sense of the increasingly blurred line between the real and the virtual. Images of crime and crime control have become almost as 'real' as crime and criminal justice itself. The meaning of both crime and crime control now resides, not solely in the essential â€œ and essentially false â€œ factuality of crime rates or arrest records, but also in the contested processes of symbolic display, cultural interpretation, and representational negotiation. It is essential, then, that criminologists are closely attuned to the various ways in which crime is imagined, constructed and framed within modern society. Framing Crimeresponds to this demand with a collection of papers aimed at helping the reader to understand the ways in which the contemporary story of crime " is constructed and promulgated through the image. It also provides the relevant analytical and research tools to unearth the hidden social and ideological concerns that frequently underpin images of crime, violence and transgression. Framing Crimewill be of interest to students and academics in the fields of criminology, crime and the media, and sociology.
Keith J. Hayward is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology and Director of Undergraduate Criminology at the University of Kent. Mike Presdee (1944-2009) was Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent.
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Opening the lens: cultural criminology and the image
Crime, punishment and the force of photographic spectacle
The decisive moment: documentary photography and cultural criminology
Hindley's ghost: the visual construction of Maxine Carr
Screening crime: cultural criminology goes to the movies
The scene of the crime: is there such a thing as 'just looking'?
Imagining the 'war on terror': fiction, film, and framing
Framing the crimes of colonialism: critical images of aboriginal art and law
'Drive it like you stole it': a cultural criminology, of car commercials
Staging an execution: the media at McVeigh
Fighting with images: the production and consumption of violence among online football supporters
A reflected gaze of humanity: cultural criminology and images of genocide
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