By Lieve Gies
Introducing readers to the examine of legislation, media and pop culture, this article, utilizing 3 unique case reviews, re-examines the assumptions underpinning latest study and indicates alternatives.
Arguing that the learn of legislations, media and pop culture can be embedded within the sociology of daily life, the writer specializes in 4 particular themes, within 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 fantastic, extra run-of-the-mill criminal topics
- fiction, basically, has captured students' realization, with remarkably less being paid to representations of legislation, except crime, in actual media
- textual research remains to be the popular procedure within the research of legislation and the media
- the literature is ruled by way of 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 criminal swap is still mostly undocumented.
Exploring the customarily uneasy courting among legislations and pop culture from particular socio-legal views, together with structures conception, semiotics of legislation and felony pluralism, this publication is a necessary learn for these learning and discovering during this area.
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Extra resources for Law and the Media: The Future of an Uneasy Relationship (Glasshouse)
Media, legality and identity The contribution that the media make to our sense of familiarity with law is in several ways commensurate with their ability to structure our overall experience of daily life. Broadcasting in particular has been noted for its ability to integrate itself seamlessly into the rhythm of the everyday. 4 The advent of internet radio, for example, means that it is now possible to live on ‘home time’ even when abroad just by tuning into familiar programmes broadcast over the internet.
Thompson oﬀers the following description of this process: Non-local knowledge is always appropriated by individuals in speciﬁc locales and the practical signiﬁcance of this knowledge – what it means to individuals and how it is used by them – is always dependent on the interests of recipients and on the resources they bring to bear on the process of appropriation. (Thompson 1995: 207) The ability of law in its mediatised form to gel with local legal experience and the extent to which it is selectively appropriated and made meaningful by people in everyday settings depends on the intervention of what de Certeau (1988: 31) calls the ‘consumer-sphinx’.
Celebrating the everyday for its authenticity runs the risk of ignoring its underlying exclusions and inequalities, while simply dismissing it as a pathology of modernity risks devaluing the lived experience of ordinary people. 36 Media, everyday life and legal consciousness Set against this complex theoretical backdrop, this chapter has tried to give some insight into where to situate two of modernity’s most important oﬀshoots – law and media – in everyday life. Law often comes across as remote, irrelevant and unresponsive to human wants and needs, but this does not stop it from steamrolling through many people’s lives with little consideration for their dignity and right to selfdetermination (see Cowan 2004).