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Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Culture

1st Edition

By Claire Grant


192 pages

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Today, questions about how and why societies punish are deeply emotive and hotly contested. In Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Culture, Claire Grant argues that criminal justice is a key site for the negotiation of new collective identities and modes of belonging. Exploring both popular cultural forms and changes in crime policies and criminal law, Grant elaborates on new forms of critical engagement with the politics of crime and punishment. In doing so, the book discusses:

  • teletechnologies, punishment and new collectivities
  • the cultural politics of victims rights
  • discourses on foreigners, crime and diaspora
  • terror, the death penalty and the spectacle of violence.

Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Culture makes a timely and important contribution to debate on the possibilities of justice in the media age. This book is essential reading for undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers interested in the area of crime and punishment.

Table of Contents

Punishment, Culture and Communication 1. Murder Will Out 2. Punishment, Print Culture and the Nation 3. Travelling Cultures 4. Irony and the State of Unitedness 5. The Internet, New Collectivities and Crime 6. Punishment and the Powers of Horror 7. The Shadow of the Death Penalty Addressing the Contemporary Bibliography

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Subject Categories

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