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By Lieve Gies

ISBN-10: 0203937279

ISBN-13: 9780203937273

ISBN-10: 1845681010

ISBN-13: 9781845681012

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

Arguing that the research of legislations, media and pop culture can be embedded within the sociology of way of life, the writer specializes in 4 particular issues, during which there's scope for extra improvement. those are the evidence that:

  • the present literature during this box predominantly specializes in crime, neglecting the way in which the media portrays much less stunning, extra run-of-the-mill criminal topics
  • fiction, basically, has captured students' recognition, with remarkably less being paid to representations of legislations, except crime, in actual media
  • textual research is still the popular technique within the learn of legislations and the media
  • the literature is ruled via an apprehension of corrosive media results, whereas the opportunity of the media and pop culture to enhance public felony wisdom, facilitate entry to justice and advertise criminal swap is still principally undocumented.

Exploring the customarily uneasy courting among legislation and pop culture from particular socio-legal views, together with platforms concept, semiotics of legislations and criminal pluralism, this ebook is an important learn for these learning and discovering during this area.

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Given the relative opacity of everyday practices, it is perhaps not surprising that law’s presence in everyday life is often thought of as the exclusive Conclusion 37 realm of media representation: law is seen as too solemn, too technical and too arcane to be the object of ordinary experience. Consequently, what the media say about law is routinely conflated with what people think about law (or, to use Silbey’s terminology again, the viewer-subject is conflated with the social viewer). This chapter has sought to argue that the better view is one which is sensitive to the way in which the representational and the experiential are mutually constitutive.

G. Sparks 1992). However, it is more or at least equally important to understand that the media also act as a security blanket, offering reassurance, continuity and a sense of community even in times of great upheaval. Thus the next chapter is devoted entirely to reality TV as a genre in which ordinary, everyday experiences take centre stage. The media lend themselves perfectly to domesticating law’s more exotic qualities and reinforcing the taken-for-granted and structured aspects of legality. The media’s bread-and-butter is the eventful and the disruption of the familiar as well as its continuity.

The present chapter seeks to reinforce this point by showing how law is an integral aspect of the spectacle of the everyday in reality television. On the whole, reality TV is not concerned with offering viewers an escape to an exotic world that is far removed from the humdrum of everyday 40 Reality TV and the jurisprudence of Wife Swap life but it seeks to enable identification with everyday situations in which law is acutely relevant. The everyday in reality shows does not occur spontaneously: events are routinely engineered or staged for the benefit of making television.

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