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!

The Police Image and Policing the Image

The Police Image and Policing the Image

The Police Image and Policing the Image


Chapter 6 provides:

  • A discussion of the changing mediated (or “mediatized”) relationship between police and the public.
  • Consideration of the relationship between the media and public fears about crime, and the rationality or irrationality of such fears.
  • A comparison between “critical criminological” and “left realist” perspectives on fear of crime.
  • A consideration of the changing roles of the police and of the symbolic power of the community police officer and the tough-on-crime cop in the contemporary social imagination.
  • An analysis of the origins and genre conventions of the long-running “reality” series Cops.
  • A discussion of how police use social media for crime control purposes and to produce and control the police image.

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