Crime, the media, and the law

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Wiley, May 5, 1998 - Law - 233 pages
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The relationship between crime and its representation in the mass media has long been a source of great concern to the general public. Anxieties about the criminogenic properties of the media, particularly in regard to young people, have increasingly influenced media policy and legislation debates. This book looks at the role of the mass media in legal and criminal processes. Along with discussing the impact of the media on specific crimes such as juvenile offenses and hate crimes, the book also explores the media's tendency to engender "moral panics" in society and encourage urgent and massive response from the justice system.

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Contents

Linking Media and Crime
1
Theories of Crime and the Media
16
Constructing the Image of Crime
28
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Kerry Sheldon is Lecturer in Psychology and Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire. She trained in investigative psychology at the University of Liverpool before obtaining her PhD in psychology at the University of Sciences at Loughborough University. In between these, she worked for the probation service in sex offender treatment where she first encountered Internet sex offenders. She has substantial publications in the field of sex offending and the Internet.

Dennis Howitt is reader in Applied Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. he is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a chartered psychologist. His books in the field of crime and sex abuse include paedophiles and Sexual Offences Against Children (Wiley, 1995), Crime, The Media and the Law (Wiley, 1998) and Child Abuse Errors (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992). He is author of Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology (2nd edition, Pearson Education, 2006). He has published books in the field of race with Kwame Owusu-Bempah including Psychology Beyond Western Perspectives (British Psychological Society, 2000) and The Racism of Psychology (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1994). Amongst his well-known methods textbooks with Duncan Cramer are Introduction to Statistics in Psychology (4th edition, Pearson Education 2008). Introduction to SPSS in Psychology (4th Edition, Pearson Education 2008) and Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (2nd edition, Pearson Education 2008).

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