Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Law in film and television


Austin Sarat (ed.)
Imagining Legality: Where Law Meets Popular Culture
University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, 2011, viii, 234 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-8173-5678-1


Imagining Legality: Where Law Meets Popular Culture is collection of essays on the relationship between law and popular culture that posits, in addition to the concepts of law in the books and law in action, a third concept of law in the image—that is, of law as it is perceived by the public through the lens of public media.
Imagining Legality argues that images of law suggested by television and film are as numerous as they are various, and that they give rise to a potent and pervasive imaginative life of the law. The media’s projections of the legal system remind us not only of the way law lives in our imagination but also of the contingencies of our own legal and social arrangements.
Contributors to Imagining Legality are less interested in the accuracy of the portrayals of law in film and television than in exploring the conditions of law’s representation, circulation, and consumption in those media. In the same way that legal scholars have taken on the disciplinary perspectives of history, economics, sociology, anthropology, and psychology in relation to the law, these writers bring historical, sociological, and cultural analysis, as well as legal theory, to aid in the understanding of law and popular culture.


Contents
Acknowledgments
What popular culture does for, and to, law : an introduction / Austin Sarat
1. Trust us justice : 24, popular culture, and the law / Desmond Manderson
Commentary: Trust Is Something You've Gotta Earn, and It Takes Time
2. Law's visual afterlife : violence, popular culture, and translation theory / Naomi Mezey
Commentary: Flash of Justice
3. Law's screen life : criminal predators and what to do about them : popular imperatives from screen-based reality / Richard K. Sherwin
Commentary: Upsides of the American Trial's "Anticonfluential Nature: Notes on Richard K. Sherwin, David Foster Wallace, and James O. Incandenza
4. Real justice : law and order on reality television / Laurie Ouellette
Commentary: Race and Real Justice
5. The responsibilities of the cyranoid citizen / Anna McCarthy
Commentary: Building a Better Mouthpiece
List of Contributors
Index

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Contributions by Anna McCarthy, David E. Patton, Desmond Manderson, Montré D. Carodine, Naomi Mezey, Alan Durham, Richard Sherwin, Michael S. Pardo, Laurie Ouellette and Grace Lee.

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