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Mass Mediated Representations of Crime and Criminality Vol: 21

Julie B. Wiest
West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA

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28 May 2021
Emerald Publishing Limited
252 pages - 152 x 229mm
Studies in Media and Communications
Sponsored by the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association (CITAMS), this volume of Studies in Media and Communications features social science research that examines the practices, patterns, and messages related to representations of crime in mass media around the world. Chapters focus on a wide range of fact-based and fictional accounts of criminality as depicted in print and broadcast news, documentary and video-on-demand films, and television programs.

Stories about crime and criminality have long been the mainstay of news and entertainment media content, and the intersection of crime and media is a common topic in scholarly research. Moreover, substantial evidence indicates that these media depictions are highly influential as people in economically advanced societies - who tend to have little personal experience with crime-form perceptions about criminality, crime rates, characteristics of criminals, and even their own likelihood of victimization. Thus, ongoing examination of crime images within various types of mass media aids in understanding the associated messages and meanings that are disseminated to consumers. This volume will enhance the knowledge of junior and senior scholars in criminology, sociology, journalism, and communication/media studies, particularly because of its inclusion of crime stories in a variety of formats and that represent media content from nations spanning five continents.
Editor’s Introduction; Julie B. Wiest 
Chapter 1. Crime News in the Israeli Daily Press: A Comparison Between the Quality Haaretz and the Popular Israel Hayom; Alina Korn 
Chapter 2. Crime in Television News: Do News Factors Predict the Mentioning of a Criminal’s Country of Origin?; Janine Brill, Lars Guenther, Wibke Ehrhardt, and Georg Ruhrmann 
Chapter 3. Demented Mother, Maniac with a Gun, Madman: Prejudicial Language Use in Historical Newspaper Coverage of Multiple-Child Murders in New Zealand; Francine Tyler  
Chapter 4. Intersections Between Journalistic Documentary and True Crime in the Context of VOD Platforms: The Alcàsser Murders as a Spanish Case Study; Lorena R. Romero-Domínguez 
Chapter 5. Framing Gender and Race in Television Crime Dramas: An Examination of Bones; Venessa Garcia Chapter 6. Whose Stories? Victims and Offenders on Television’s Law and Order; Jared S. Rosenberger, Valerie J. Callanan, and Darcy Sullivan  
Chapter 7. The Narco as a Sui Generis Criminal Character and TV Genre; Beatriz Elena Inzunza Acedo  
Chapter 8. “The Errors are Egregious”: Assessing the CSI Effect and Undergraduate Students' Perceptions of Forensic Science through a Pre- and Post-Test Investigation; Krystal Hans, and Kylie Parrotta
Julie B. Wiest is Professor of Sociology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and Senior Crime and Media Editor for the Emerald Studies in Media and Communications series. Her research primarily focuses on the sociocultural context of violence, mass media studies, and the relationship between new media technologies and social change.

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