A Transnational Study of Law and Justice on TV

Edited by: Peter Robson, Jennifer L. Schulz

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 during three phases: apprehension (police); adjudication (lawyers), and disposition (prison/punishment). The authors discuss how television has developed in their countries. Some have extensive public service channels mixed with private media channels, with financing ranging from advertising, to program 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, which the authors analyze as well. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in law, popular culture, TV, or justice, and it provides an important addition to the literature due to its grounding in empirical data. [Subject: Criminal Law, Law & Humanities, Popular Culture, Media Studies]

Publication Date: 11/17/2016
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781509905683