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By Lieve Gies

Introducing readers to the research of legislation, media and pop culture, this article, utilizing 3 unique case reports, re-examines the assumptions underpinning present learn and indicates alternatives.

Arguing that the research of legislations, media and pop culture will be embedded within the sociology of lifestyle, the writer specializes in 4 particular themes, during which there's scope for extra improvement. those are the proof that:

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

Exploring the usually uneasy courting among legislations and pop culture from particular socio-legal views, together with structures conception, semiotics of legislation and criminal pluralism, this ebook is a necessary learn for these learning and gaining knowledge of during this area.

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If the link of relevance between media discourse and experience is absent or very weak, the ability of these omnipresent media stories to direct someone’s legal consciousness may be severely compromised. ’ The resonance factor could explain why major media events may be not relevant at all to the legal consciousness of some social groups while being overwhelmingly present in that of others. For example, Sasson (1995: 156) found that, despite significant media coverage of the incident, the story of the beating of Rodney King by LAPD Police was rarely referred to by white participants in his research while it figured prominently in the accounts of black participants.

As Moores (2000: 37) argues, living in a media-dominated environment does not mean that face-to-face interaction is no longer relevant to our sense of self and our perceptions of the world. This calls for an analytical perspective that is sensitive to the way in which the media merge with direct experience. The mediation role of the media depends on their ability to fulfil a hinge function between two interconnecting spheres of experience, which Scannell (1996: 172) terms the ‘great world’ and ‘everyone’s my-world’ and which leads him to conclude that broadcasting represents a ‘doubling up of place’: in addition to the site of an event itself, it also occurs in the site where it is heard or seen (Scannell 1996: 76).

3 Moreover, it is clear that law is performed in a variety of social settings and not just in the context of the institutions that are most visibly associated with it. Sarat and Kearns (1995b: 8) argue that ‘without the everyday, law is a voice never heard, a memory never known. Without the everyday, law is a living impossibility’. We may be largely oblivious to law’s presence but that is precisely a sure sign that it is essential in everyday life to the point of being unnoticeable. Being subtly woven into our habits and practices, law succeeds in remaining largely invisible until such moment when there is a breakdown in the social relations governed by it: divorce, a breach of contract, a neighbour dispute.

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