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A Transnational Study of Law and Justice on TV

ISBN13: 9781509905683
Published: December 2016
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £70.00
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This collection examines the coverage of 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 has 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. Some countries have mixtures of these. Each author also examines how "TV justice" has developed in each different jurisdiction.

Readers will find interesting variations and some thought-provoking similarities. There are a lot of television shows focussed on legal themes that are imported around the world and 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.

Criminal Law
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