By Lieve Gies

Introducing readers to the research of legislation, media and pop culture, this article, utilizing 3 unique case reviews, re-examines the assumptions underpinning present examine and indicates alternatives.

Arguing that the research of legislation, media and pop culture may be embedded within the sociology of daily life, the writer makes a speciality of 4 particular themes, within which there's scope for additional improvement. those are the evidence that:

  • the present literature during this box predominantly makes a speciality of crime, neglecting the best way the media portrays much less impressive, extra run-of-the-mill felony topics
  • fiction, essentially, has captured students' consciousness, with remarkably less being paid to representations of legislations, except crime, in actual media
  • textual research remains to be the popular strategy within the examine of legislations and the media
  • the literature is ruled through a terror of corrosive media results, whereas the opportunity of the media and pop culture to enhance public criminal wisdom, facilitate entry to justice and advertise criminal swap continues to be principally undocumented.

Exploring the customarily uneasy courting among legislation and pop culture from particular socio-legal views, together with structures thought, semiotics of legislations and felony pluralism, this ebook is a necessary learn for these learning and discovering during this area.

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Some will find that media stories resonate with their own experiences, while others will reject the same media narratives as completely unrepresentative. An important conclusion which emerges from my discussion concerns the unpredictable nature of people’s media consumption. The relationship between law and the media is uncomfortable for many reasons, one of which undoubtedly involves the volatile interventions of the consumer-sphinx. If only this enigmatic figure were more knowable and transparent, markets could be directed to strike a perfect balance between supply and demand, pollsters would be able to call the results of elections well in advance and policy makers would be relieved of their many anxieties about the way in which the media are influencing audiences.

These questions require a clarification of what is meant by ‘law’, or, more precisely, an exploration of the various sites which law occupies. As a set of rules, derived from a body of doctrine, case law, legislation and other sources, law can be found in a wide range of locales, its reign being most visible in highly institutionalised settings such as courts, law firms, police stations and probation offices. 3 Moreover, it is clear that law is performed in a variety of social settings and not just in the context of the institutions that are most visibly associated with it.

Set in an inner-city environment, this particular project sought to address the question of what law meant to residents of the estate. Their local encounters with the law were multifarious and often confrontational, so much so that first-hand and hearsay anecdotes dominated their many stories about law. One of the (few) media resources which they appropriated in their accounts concerned the high-profile case of the racially motivated killing of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence, focusing on the failure of the police to bring his alleged white killers to justice and the subsequent public inquiry.

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