Crime, Culture and the Media
September 2008, Polity
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Times Higher Education
"I always feel that I am in safe hands with Eamonn Carrabine, whose last book was a paradigm. His new book on crime, culture and the media is no less assured and very ably weaves classic debates about the media's effects, representations of crime and agencies of the criminal justice system, news production, and moral panic with Carrabine's personal and lively take on why our news is filled with crime stories and how the media might impact on our view of crime and criminals."
"This book is not just another bite at the ‘crime and media' cherry, instead it is a refreshing and sophisticated look at this hotly contested area of debate within criminology and media studies. Tackling this topic with undoubted finesse, Carrabine adopts an interdisciplinary approach that draws upon a solid wealth of existing literature from a variety of fields including fi lm studies, sociology and criminology along with history and psychology. The result is an accessible text that lays a foundation of knowledge by tackling old and existing debates by updating them with the latest research and providing a useful engagement with pertinent material for the study of crime and media to students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level."
Crime, Media, Culture
"Crime, Culture and the Media has the great virtue of combining breadth and brevity. It covers a remarkable range of perspectives and debates that should interest both the initiated criminological scholar and general readers eager to learn more about how crime has been covered across an array of media, past and present ... a laudable effort and a great boon for faculty and students interested in exploring culture, crime, and media in all their overlapping complexities."
"Carrabine's book is, without doubt, an impressive achievement. He simultaneously manages to keep one foot firmly in criminology’s 'traditional' debates about crime and media while casting those debates into question by drawing upon a rich array of sociological, philosophical and psychoanalytic resources. It is rare indeed that a book about 'crime and the media' gives serious consideration to the ideas and insights drawn from the likes of Aristotle, Todorov, Levi-Strauss, Levinas, Lacan, Deleuze and Freud. That students (and indeed teachers and writers!) of criminology might be drawn to engage with such intellectual resources through an encounter with this book makes it doubly valuable."
"Concise but comprehensive in its review of a vast literature, it is well organized and well written, and it raises a number of important issues and alarms that researchers and students of media and crime should find compelling."
"This book brings to bear a sophisticated synthesis of cultural, social and philosophical theories and empirical research in the analysis of representations of crime in the mass media and popular culture. It covers a wide range of issues, examining the impact of media images of crime on fear and public sentiment, the history of news and fictional crime narratives, and their production. It will be a useful text for students, and also offers many penetrating insights to practitioners and academics."
Robert Reiner, London School of Economics and Political Science
"An informed and refreshing look again at the interface between crime and the media. Carrabine's sociological focus on how crime stories circulate in social life makes it an invaluable guide to students and offers new insights to those who know the field well."
Ian Loader, University of Oxford
"Carrabine gives us a thorough review of the scholarly literature on the media and crime. If you seek a comprehensive survey of British theoretical and empirical work on crime and the media - one that draws on film and literary theory, history and philosophy, as well as psychology and sociology - this is the book."
Nicole Rafter, Northeastern University, Massachusetts