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Crime, Justice and the Media

3rd Edition

By Ian Marsh, Gaynor Melville


296 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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Crime, Justice and the Media examines and analyses the relationship between the media and crime, criminals and the criminal justice system. This expanded and fully updated third edition considers how crime and criminals have been portrayed by the media throughout history, applying different theoretical perspectives to the way crime, criminals and justice are reported. It also includes a new chapter that looks at the influence of film and the cinema on crime and justice.

The third edition of Crime, Justice and the Media focuses on the media representation of a range of different areas of crime and criminal justice, including:

  • new media technology, e.g. social network sites;
  • moral panics over specific crimes and criminals, e.g. youth crime, cybercrime, paedophilia;
  • media portrayal of victims of crime and criminals;
  • how the media represent criminal justice agencies, e.g. the police and prison service.

This book offers a clear, accessible and comprehensive analysis of theoretical thinking on the relationship between the media, crime and criminal justice and a detailed examination of how crime, criminals and others involved in the criminal justice process are portrayed by the media. With exercises, questions and further reading in every chapter, this book encourages students to engage with and respond to the material presented, thereby developing a deeper understanding of the links between the media and criminality.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - A Brief History of the Media Portrayal of Crime and Criminals

2. Applying Theoretical Perspectives on the Media to Crime

3. The Media and Moral Panics – Theories and Examples

4. The Media Portrayal of Criminals

5. The Media Portrayal of Victims

6. The Media and the Criminal Justice System

7. New Media Technology and Crime – Cybercrime

8. Crime, Justice and the Cinema

9. The Media, Punishment and Public Opinion

About the Authors

Ian Marsh is Principal Lecturer in Criminology at Liverpool Hope University. His recent publications include Crime and Criminal Justice (with Gaynor Melville, Keith Morgan, Gareth Norris and John Cochrane – Routledge 2011) and Sociology: Making Sense of Society (fifth edition, Pearson 2013).

Gaynor Melville was Lecturer in Criminology at Liverpool Hope University. Her publications include Crime and Criminal Justice (with Ian Marsh, Keith Morgan, Gareth Norris and John Cochrane – Routledge 2011) and Criminal Justice: An Introduction to Philosophies, Theories and Practice (with Ian Marsh and John Cochrane – Routledge 2004).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General