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Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture

Media, Crime and Racism

Editors: Bhatia, Monish, Poynting, Scott, Tufail, Waqas (Eds.)

  • Offers critical reflections on the media and their representations of ethnicity and ‘race’ in relation to crime, criminals and victims, and their impact on criminal justice policies, procedures and practices
  • Highlights the process of racialised myth construction or misrepresentation of criminals and victims and the ways in which this interacts with the criminal justice system
  • Critically examines a number of contemporary and highly topical case studies including: the Australian border controls and Rohingya refugee crisis, the European refugee crisis, and the Trollhättan Attack in Sweden, to name a few
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About this book

Media, Crime and Racism draws together contributions from scholars at the leading edge of their field across three continents to present contemporary and longstanding debates exploring the roles played by media and the state in racialising crime and criminalising racialised minorities. Comprised of empirically rich accounts and theoretically informed analysis, this dynamic text offers readers a critical and in-depth examination of contemporary social and criminal justice issues as they pertain to racialised minorities and the media. Chapters demonstrate the myriad ways in which racialised ‘others’ experience demonisation, exclusion, racist abuse and violence licensed – and often induced – by the state and the media. Together, they also offer original and nuanced analysis of how these processes can be experienced differently dependent on geography, political context and local resistance. This collection critically reflects on a number of globally significant topics including the vilification of Muslim minorities, the portrayal of the refugee ‘crisis’ and the representations and resistance of Indigenous and Black communities. This volume demonstrates that processes of racialisation and criminalisation in media and the state cannot be understood without reference to how they are underscored and inflected by gender and power. Above all, the contributors to this volume demonstrate the resistance of racialised minorities in localised contexts across the globe: against racialisation and criminalisation and in pursuit of racial justice. 

About the authors

Monish Bhatia is Lecturer in Criminology at Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Scott Poynting is Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Sydney, Australia
Waqas Tufail is Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Reviews

“This book will anger and inspire you, in equal measure. Documenting the complex relations between crime, media and racism across diverse national contexts, media platforms and marginalised populations, it presents empirically rich accounts of the systemic and everyday processes of racialisation across the globe. Offering astute insights into the relations between media and state, economic and social power, and gender, class and race, it provides a model of politically engaged scholarship. Media, Crime and Racism is an important and authoritative contribution to the field.” (Professor Greg Noble, Western Sydney University, Australia)
“In the age of post-truth, a collection which tackles the perennial issues of race and crime in the media is a welcome relief from the torrents of distortions and deception. In bringing together a collection of scholars, that offer empirical evidence from a number of contexts, but share an incisive and critical edge in relation to the issues of racism and the media, the editors are to be congratulated in setting a standard for future research in this area.” (Professor Virinder Kalra, University of Warwick, UK)

“Engaged scholarship that shows how the racialisation of crime and the manipulation of racism are part of the DNA of mainstream culture. Media, Crime and Racism demands an end to racist framing and a transformation in our ways of seeing. At last a book that places the bordered thinking of popular culture at the centre of a discussion of the structural processes that, in giving permission to hate, do so much damage to community relations.”  (Liz Fekete, Director, Institute of Race Relations)

“This dynamic, high-quality collection deepens our understandings of how using racialization as a concept can illuminate the connections between how crime, race and different kinds of borders are made real.” (Professor Steve Garner, Birmingham City University, UK)

“This exciting collection brings together work from a new generation of scholars, presenting ways of thinking that can meet the challenges of state racisms ramped up through securitisation and bordering and popular racisms refashioned as Islamophobia and xenoracisms. Read this to witness the next phase of scholar-activism against racist dehumanisation.” (Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya of the University of East London)


Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bhatia, Monish (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Turning the Tables? Media Constructions of British Asians from Victims to Criminals, 1962–2011

    Webster, Colin

    Pages 11-32

  • Cultural Repertoires and Modern Menaces: The Media’s Racialised Coverage of Child Sexual Exploitation

    Patel, Tina G.

    Pages 33-47

  • Media, State and ‘Political Correctness’: The Racialisation of the Rotherham Child Sexual Abuse Scandal

    Tufail, Waqas

    Pages 49-71

  • The New Year’s 2015/2016 Public Sexual Violence Debate in Germany: Media Discourse, Gendered Anti-Muslim Racism and Criminal Law

    Vieten, Ulrike M.

    Pages 73-92

Buy this book

eBook £103.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71776-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £129.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71775-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Media, Crime and Racism
Editors
  • Monish Bhatia
  • Scott Poynting
  • Waqas Tufail
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71776-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71776-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71775-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 391
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations
Topics