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Law and Order

Images, Meanings, Myths, 1st Edition

By Mariana Valverde

Routledge-Cavendish

180 pages

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In an innovative departure from the much-studied field of 'crime in the media', this lively book focuses its attention on the forces of law and order; how they visualize and represent danger and criminality and how they represent themselves as authorities.

After two chapters covering basic terms and tools in the study of culture and representation, the book covers such topics as the history of justice - system methods for visualizing criminality, from fingerprinting to DNA; the emergence of a 'forensic gaze' that begins with Edgar Allan Poe and Sherlock Holmes and culminates in the American television show Crime Scene Investigation and the rise of ways of seeing urban space that constantly divide the city into 'good' and 'bad' areas. The final chapter uses some recent conflicts regarding the legal admissibility of 'gruesome pictures' to reflect on the importance of the visual in our everyday experiences, both of safety and of danger.

Shortlisted for the Hart SLSA Book Prize 2007

Table of Contents

Introduction. Semiotic Tools for Analyzing Representations. Sociological Questions about Representations. Police Pictures. The Forensic Gaze: The World as a Set of Clues. Visualizing Criminogenic Spaces. Crusading Lawyers, Crooked Lawyers: American Litigiousness and Representation. The Prison as a Movie Set. Gruesome Pictures

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW000000
LAW / General
LAW026000
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW079000
LAW / Reference
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies