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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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MICHAEL ASIMOW is Visiting Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, and Professor of Law Emeritus at UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles. He teaches law and popular culture as well as contract law, taxation, and administrative law. Asimow is the editor of Lawyers in Your Living Room: Law on Television (2009) and co-author of Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (2d ed., 2006). He has written numerous articles about law and popular culture.

SHANNON MADER received his doctorate in film studies from the University of Southern California and taught courses in film aesthetics, film genre, and American film history at Loyola Marymount University. He is an attorney in Los Angeles, where his practice includes general commercial litigation, antitrust, intellectual property, and legal malpractice.

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