Policing and the Media provides an up-to-date overview of the changing dynamics and dimensions of the relationships that exist on the British police-media nexus. Factual, fictional and factional representations of policing in the media are the major - and for a great many citizens probably the sole - influence in shaping their perceptions and opinions about crime, law and order, community safety, police efficiency and integrity, not to mention the efficacy of criminal justice and penal policy. This book deals with all three representations, noting the lines between such clear divisions are increasingly blurred and the concepts of reality, realism and representation, slippery and complex.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: reality, realism and representation Part 1: Facts 2. Contents and effects 3. Proceeding in a promotional direction Part 2: Fictions 4. Patrol, plods and coppers 5. Thief-takers and rule-breakers 6. The changing contours of TV copland Part 3: Factions 7. That's infotainment 8. Trial by media-courting contempt 9. Summing up
Frank Leishman is Professor of Criminology, and Head of the Department of Natural and Social Sciences at the University of Gloucester.
Paul Mason is a Lecturer in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University.