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Chapter 2: ‘Cold-Blooded Lies’ Mediating Sex ’n Violence

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‘Cold-Blooded Lies’ Mediating Sex ’n Violence
‘Cold-blooded lies’: Mediating sex ’n violence

∗ Daily Mail, 6 September 2003

Chapter 2 uses media sources to discuss some of the most dramatic criminal cases of the later twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, including: the West case, O.J. Simpson and the McCann case. It begins by considering the salience of the media for criminology, for gender and for justice. The reasons behind the high profile of some cases are discussed, alongside an assessment of the role of the mass media in setting an agenda for criminology, politics and the law. The implications of such representations are evaluated, not least because the way they are represented demonstrates how powerfully influential Lombrosian and Freudian theories of crime and deviance remain within popular ...

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