Download e-book for iPad: Captured by the Media: Prison Discourse in Popular Culture by Paul Mason

By Paul Mason

This e-book activates the tv, opens the newspaper, is going to the cinema and assesses how punishment is played in media tradition, investigating the regimes of penal illustration and the way they might give a contribution to a populist and punitive criminological mind's eye. It locations media discourse in prisons firmly in the area of penal coverage and public opinion, suggesting that whereas undesirable women, The Shawshank Redemption, web penitentiary cams, advertisements and debates approximately televising executions proceed to ebb and circulation in modern tradition, the endurance of this spectacle of punishment - its contested which means and its politics of illustration - calls for research. along chapters addressing the development of well known photographs of criminal and the loss of life penalty in tv and movie, Captured through the Media additionally has contributions from felony reform teams and felony practitioners which debate varieties of media intervention in penal debate. This booklet offers a hugely readable exploration of media discourse on prisons and punishment, and its dating to public attitudes and executive penal coverage. whilst it engages with the 'cultural flip' inside criminology and provides an unique contribution to dialogue of the connection among criminal, public and the kingdom. will probably be crucial studying for college kids in either media reviews and criminology in addition to practitioners and commentators in those fields.

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This first depicted Labour as having undermined the authority of Parliament, the Conservatives offered to restore this and, within the same sentence, to give ‘the right priority to the fight against crime’ (Conservative Party 1979). Tougher sentences were called for, violent criminals and the young were special targets, and there was even a promise to reopen the debate on capital punishment. In the subsequent election, 87 per cent of Conservative candidates declared themselves in support of tougher measures on law and order.

Ella, from East London, said she resonated with stories that subverted the established order of things, exposing what is ‘underneath’ the more comforting portrayal of ‘justice’ in television programmes like CSI (Crime Scene Investigators): It is more corruption and the twisted-ness of corruption. So that’s the side that would interest me … the different factions within that, and the government … So, actually, although I like CSI – more than that, the ones that do interest me would be are the one’s about what’s underneath it.

The goal of the research is better to understand punitive views as a part of a person’s personal identity. The first phase of this work involved the most traditional approach to public opinion: a brief postal survey sent to 3,600 households seeking their views on a variety of criminal justice-related issues. The survey consisted of a newly constructed scale for measuring punitive attitudes, as well as a variety of possible predictors and correlates of punitiveness ranging from demographic details to measures of social capital, personal anxiety and the like.

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