Media and crime policy: A reconsideration of David Garland's The culture of control

Gray Cavender

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Abstract

In this article, I use the tenets of media studies scholarship to reformulate David Garland's account of the shifts in sanctioning policy that began in the 1970s. I address the media's prominent role in shaping public mentalities and sensibilities that were incompatible with penal welfarism and supportive of more punitive policies. In particular, I analyze media coverage of the policy debate and also dramatic depictions of crime. I argue that the media were more influential in shaping public attitudes toward sanctioning policy than Garland suggests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-348
Number of pages14
JournalPunishment and Society
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2004

Keywords

  • 'Nothing works'
  • David Garland
  • Media and crime

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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