The rise of mobile and social media means that everyday crime news is now more immediate, more visual, and more democratically produced than ever. Offering new and innovative ways of understanding the relationship between media and crime, Media and Crime in the U.S. critically examines the influence of media coverage of crimes on culture and identity in the United States and across the globe. With comprehensive coverage of the theories, research, and key issues, acclaimed author Yvonne Jewkes and award-winning professor Travis Linnemann have come together to shed light on some of the most troubling questions surrounding media and crime today. The free open-access Student Study site at features web quizzes, web resources, and more. Instructors, sign in at for additional resources!

Theorizing Media and Crime

Theorizing Media and Crime

Theorizing Media and Crime


Chapter 1 provides:

  • An overview of the theoretical contours that have shaped the academic fields of criminology and media studies during the modern period.
  • A discussion of the “media effects” debate; its origins, its epistemological value, and its influence on contemporary debates about media, crime, and violence.
  • An analysis of the theories—both individual (behaviorism, positivism) and social (anomie, dominant ideology)—that have dominated debates about the relationship between media and crime within the academy.
  • An analysis of the theories (pluralism, left realism) that have emerged from within the academy but have explicitly addressed the implications of theory for practitioners and policymakers.
  • An exploration of new, emerging theories, which can broadly be called “postmodern,” including cultural criminology.

Key Terms

  • anomie 20
  • behaviorism 13
  • crime 12
  • criminalization 22
  • critical criminology 22
  • cultural ...
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