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!

Media Constructions of Children : “Evil Monsters” and “Tragic Victims”

Media Constructions of Children : “Evil Monsters” and “Tragic Victims”

Media Constructions of Children: “Evil Monsters” and “Tragic Victims”


Chapter 4 provides:

  • A discussion of the complex and frequently contradictory assumptions made about children.
  • An analysis of public fears and anxieties surrounding childhood, using as a case study the murder of two-year-old James Bulger by two older children in the UK in 1993.
  • A comparison of media representations of this crime and other reported incidents that portrayed children as “persistent offenders,” “evil monsters,” and so on, with alternative media accounts representing children as vulnerable innocents who must be protected, not from other children, but from adults who seek to harm and exploit them.
  • Evidence that suggests that children killed by strangers are much more likely to receive media attention ...
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