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1st Edition

Criminologists in the Media
A Study of Newsmaking

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ISBN 9780367422554
May 6, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Criminologists in the Media presents the results of a cross-national study examining the structures that shape criminologists’ contributions to news and social media discourse.

Drawing on interviews with criminologists and a survey of 1,211 criminologists working in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, and South Africa, this book represents the first cross-national study exploring how, why, and to what extent criminologists working in these countries engage in newsmaking and digital public criminology.  Through examining the predictors of criminologists appearing in news media, the research presented in this book demonstrates that newsmaking practices within criminology are not reflective of equal access, interest, or opportunity. Rather, newsmaking operates within ‘fields of power’ shaped by the political economy of higher education, and researchers’ academic rank, gender, and areas of research expertise. Together, these factors generate several ‘situational logics’ that predispose criminologists to pursue particular courses of action in promoting their personal projects. Key among these logics, Wood, Richards, and Iliadis argue, are a ‘social logic’ informing criminologists’ moral-political views on newsmaking and an ‘industrial logic’ responsive to the demands of academic capitalism and the rise of the ‘entrepreneurial’ university. 

With its focus on the practicalities, challenges, and inequities of newsmaking in the post-broadcast era, Criminologists in the Media will appeal to researchers interested in the public role(s) of criminology, as well as researchers concerned with the challenges of communicating social scientific knowledge beyond the academy.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: Public criminology: debates and challenges

Chapter 2: Methodology

Chapter 3: Newsmaking criminology in the post-broadcast era

Chapter 4: The situational logics of newsmaking

Chapter 5: Digital public criminology



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Mark A Wood is a lecturer in criminology at Deakin University. Most of Mark’s research falls within the sphere of digital criminology and examines how digital technologies shape the way crimes and social harms are enacted, perceived, understood, and responded to. His first book, Antisocial Media: Crime-watching in the Internet Age, was published in 2017. 

Imogen Richards a lecturer in criminology at Deakin University and a research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. Imogen researches in the areas of social, news, and alternative forms of online media. She also writes on the political economy of (counter-)terrorism and the performance of security in response to social crisis. Her first book, Neoliberalism and Neo-jihadism: Propaganda and Finance in Al Qaeda and Islamic State, was published in 2020. 


Mary Iliadis is a senior lecturer in criminology at Deakin University and co-convenor of the Deakin Research on Violence Against Women Hub. Mary’s research adopts a socio-legal framework to explore, critique and impact the rights and treatment of victims of sexual violence in criminal justice systems. Mary’s research is international in scope and examines the rights and protections afforded to victims in policy and practice across England and Wales, Ireland and Australia. More broadly, Mary researches prosecutorial discretion and explores how access to justice is negotiated for victims in criminal trials.