Law and Popular Culture: A Course Book

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Peter Lang, 2004 - Law - 273 pages
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This book explores the interface between law and popular culture, two subjects of enormous current importance and influence. Exploring how they affect each other, each chapter discusses a legally themed film or television show, such as Philadelphia or Dead Man Walking, and treats it as both a cultural and a legal text, illustrating how popular culture both constructs our perceptions of law, and changes the way that players in the legal system behave. Written without theoretical jargon, Law and Popular Culture: A Course Book is intended for use in undergraduate or graduate courses and can be taught by anyone who enjoys pop culture and is interested in law.
 

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Contents

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The Authors: Michael Asimow is Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He teaches law and popular culture as both a law school and undergraduate seminar. He has written numerous articles on this subject and is the co-author of Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies. He also teaches contract law and administrative law.
Shannon Mader received his doctorate in Film Studies from the University of Southern California and, until recently, taught courses in film aesthetics, film genre, and American film history at Loyola Marymount University. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

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