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A Transnational Study of Law and Justice on TV

Editor(s): Peter Robson, Jennifer L Schulz
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Published: 21-03-2019
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 320
ISBN: 9781509927982
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About A Transnational Study of Law and Justice on TV

This collection examines law and justice on television in different countries around the world. It provides a benchmark for further study of the nature and extent of television coverage of justice in fictional, reality and documentary forms. It does this by drawing on empirical work from a range of scholars in different jurisdictions. Each chapter looks at the raw data of how much "justice" material viewers were able to access in the multi-channel world of 2014 looking at three phases: apprehension (police), adjudication (lawyers), and disposition (prison/punishment).

All of the authors indicate how television developed in their countries. Some have extensive public service channels mixed with private media channels. Financing ranges from advertising to programme sponsorship to licensing arrangements. A few countries have mixtures of these. Each author also examines how "TV justice" has developed in their own particular jurisdiction. Readers will find interesting variations and thought-provoking similarities. There are a lot of television shows focussed on legal themes that are imported around the world. The authors analyse these as well.

This book is a must-read for anyone interested in law, popular culture, TV, or justice and provides an important addition to the literature due to its grounding in empirical data.

Table Of Contents

1. A Transnational Study of Law and Justice on TV
Peter Robson and Jennifer L Schulz
2. Australia
Cassandra Sharp
3. Belgium (Flanders)
Hilde Van den Bulck, Kathleen Custers and Jan Van den Bulck
4. Britain
Peter Robson
5. Canada
Jennifer L Schulz
6. Denmark
Glen Odgaard
7. France
Barbara Villez (with Valentin Rolando)
8. Germany
Stefan Machura and Michael Böhnke
9. Greece
Nickos Myrtou, Stamatis Poulakidakos and Panagiota Nakou
10. Israel
Itay Ravid
11. Italy
Ferdinando Spina
12. Poland
Zofi a Zawadzka
13. Spain
Anja Louis
14. Switzerland
Lukas Musumeci and Fabian Odermatt
15. United States of America
Christine A Corcos


“The survey, within its chosen and well defined limits of scope and approach, offers, first and foremost, reliable quantitative affirmation of the American dominance of law and justice on TV (with the exception of the UK), and of the dominance of series featuring police focus over lawyer and punishment focus ... The survey will serve as excellent framework and basis for further studies along the quantitative/empirical lines laid out.” –  Lars Ole Sauerberg, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

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