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High-Profile Crimes : When Legal Cases Become Social Causes

By: Chancer, Lynn S.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (332 p.).ISBN: 9780226101132.Subject(s): Crime -- United States -- Public opinion | Crime -- United States -- Sociological aspects | Crime and the press -- United States | Crime in mass media | Mass media and public opinion -- United States | Trials -- United States -- Public opinionGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: High-Profile Crimes : When Legal Cases Become Social CausesDDC classification: 364.1 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents -- Preface: The Larger Symbolism of Symbolic Cases -- Acknowledgments -- PART 1: Presenting Provoking Assaults: From New York to Los Angeles -- 1: When Cases Become Causes -- PART 2: Exemplifying a Genre: A Tale of Two Crimes -- 2: The Rape of the Central Park Jogger -- 3: The Murder of Yusef Hawkins -- PART 3: From Differing Advantage Points: ""Smith,"" ""Tyson,"" ""King,"" ""Denny ,"" and ""Simpson"" -- 4: In re the Legal System -- 5: More on the Press: Journalistic Divides -- 6: Taking Sides: Diverse Public Reactions -- PART 4: Stepping Back
7: High-Profile Crimes and American Culture -- Appendix A: Dates and Descriptions of Provoking Assaults -- Appendix B: Identifying the Top Twenty High-Profile Crimes,1985-1996 -- Appendix C: Acknowledging Intellectual Debts and Distinctions -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index
Summary: O. J. Simpson. The Central Park jogger. Bensonhurst. William Kennedy Smith. Rodney King. These are more than crimes and criminals, more than court cases. They are cultural events that, for better or worse, gave concrete expression to latent social conflicts in American society. In High-Profile Crimes, Lynn Chancer explores how these cases became conflated with larger social causes on a collective level and how this phenomenon has affected the law, the media, and social movements. An astute and incisive chronicle of some of the most polarizing cases of the 1980s and 1990s, High-Profile Crimes s
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Contents -- Preface: The Larger Symbolism of Symbolic Cases -- Acknowledgments -- PART 1: Presenting Provoking Assaults: From New York to Los Angeles -- 1: When Cases Become Causes -- PART 2: Exemplifying a Genre: A Tale of Two Crimes -- 2: The Rape of the Central Park Jogger -- 3: The Murder of Yusef Hawkins -- PART 3: From Differing Advantage Points: ""Smith,"" ""Tyson,"" ""King,"" ""Denny ,"" and ""Simpson"" -- 4: In re the Legal System -- 5: More on the Press: Journalistic Divides -- 6: Taking Sides: Diverse Public Reactions -- PART 4: Stepping Back

7: High-Profile Crimes and American Culture -- Appendix A: Dates and Descriptions of Provoking Assaults -- Appendix B: Identifying the Top Twenty High-Profile Crimes,1985-1996 -- Appendix C: Acknowledging Intellectual Debts and Distinctions -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index

O. J. Simpson. The Central Park jogger. Bensonhurst. William Kennedy Smith. Rodney King. These are more than crimes and criminals, more than court cases. They are cultural events that, for better or worse, gave concrete expression to latent social conflicts in American society. In High-Profile Crimes, Lynn Chancer explores how these cases became conflated with larger social causes on a collective level and how this phenomenon has affected the law, the media, and social movements. An astute and incisive chronicle of some of the most polarizing cases of the 1980s and 1990s, High-Profile Crimes s

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Some criminal cases and trials become national obsessions, such as the O. J. Simpson trial. Sociologist Chancer (Fordham Univ.), who previously produced two highly imaginative books on sadomasochism and pornography (Sadomasochism in Everyday Life, CH, Jan'93, 30-2972), here takes on celebrity crimes and trials. Restricting her focus to cases involving direct violence with gender and race-based elements, she explores their various social dimensions. Among others, she examines the rape of the Central Park jogger, the William Kennedy Smith and Mike Tyson rape cases, the Rodney King beating case, and the murder of Yusef Hawkins. These cases brought into especially sharp relief the ongoing social tensions and conflicts over race and gender in the US. Chancer is particularly concerned with exposing the simplistic dichotomies that tend to arise in the public responses to such cases, with complexities glossed over. Drawing from her interviews with a range of those involved in these cases, from lawyers to journalists, she produces a vivid portrait of the cultural forces enmeshed in high-profile crime cases. This rich, sophisticated book should be of interest to students of crime, race relations, and the role of the media in US life. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. D. O. Friedrichs University of Scranton

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Lynn S. Chancer is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Fordham University. She is the author of two other books, including, most recently, Reconcilable Differences. <br> <br> <br> <br> <br>

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