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Law and Popular Culture

A Course Book (2nd Edition)

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Michael Asimow and Shannon Mader

Both law and popular culture pervade our lives. Popular culture constructs our perceptions of law and changes the way that players in the legal system behave. Now in its second edition, Law and Popular Culture: A Course Book explores the interface between two subjects of enormous importance to everyone – law and popular culture.
Each chapter takes a particular legally themed film or television show, such as Philadelphia, Dead Man Walking, or Law and Order, treating it as both a cultural text and a legal text.
The new edition has been updated with new photos and includes greater emphasis on television than in the first edition because there are so many DVDs of older TV shows now available.
Law and Popular Culture is written in an accessible and engaging style, without theoretical jargon, and can serve as a basic text for undergraduates or graduate courses and be taught by anyone who enjoys pop culture and is interested in law. An instructor’s manual is available on request from the publisher and author.

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Both law and popular culture pervade our lives. Popular culture constructs our perceptions of law and changes the way that players in the legal system behave. Now in its second edition, Law and Popular Culture: A Course Book explores the interface between these enormously important subjects. Each chapter examines a particular legally-themed film or television show, such as Philadelphia, Dead Man Walking, or Law & Order, treat- ing it as both a cultural text and a legal text. The second edition has been updated with new photos and includes greater emphasis on television than the first, because new technologies have made many older television shows newly accessible. Law and Popular Culture is written in an engaging style, without theoretical jargon, and can serve as a basic text for undergraduate or graduate courses and be taught by anyone who enjoys pop culture and is interested in law. An instructor’s manual is available on request. “An understanding of the interrelationship between law and popular culture is key to shaping the future of law and justice in contemporary society. While a number of areas may reflect and influence popular culture, one of the most powerful is cinematic entertainment. The second edition of Law and Popular Culture retains all of its original bril- liance as the guide for creating a graduate or undergraduate course focusing on how the portrayal of attorneys and the legal system in film and on television shapes public perception of lawyers, creates viewer expectations regarding law and justice, and may even...

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