Media, Crime and Racism, 1st Edition

  • Monish Bhatia
  • Scott Poynting
  • Waqas Tufail
  • Published By: Palgrave MacMillan
  • ISBN-10: 3319717766
  • ISBN-13: 9783319717760
  • DDC: 364
  • 391 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released November 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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This book 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 racializing crime and criminalizing racialized minorities. Comprised of empirically rich accounts and theoretically informed analysis, this dynamic text offers a critical and in-depth examination of contemporary social and criminal justice issues as they pertain to racialized minorities and the media. Chapters demonstrate how racialized 'others' experience demonization, 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 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. It demonstrates that processes of racialization and criminalization in media and the state cannot be understood without reference to how they are underscored and inflected by gender and power. Above all, it demonstrates the resistance of racialized minorities in localized contexts across the globe to racialization and criminalization and in pursuit of racial justice. 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 racialized 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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
1: Turning the Tables? Media Constructions of British Asians from Victims to Criminals, 1962–2011.
2: Cultural Repertoires and Modern Menaces: The Media’s Racialised Coverage of Child Sexual Exploitation.
3: Media, State and ‘Political Correctness’: The Racialisation of the Rotherham Child Sexual Abuse Scandal.
4: The New Year’s 2015/2016 Public Sexual Violence Debate in Germany: Media Discourse, Gendered Anti-Muslim Racism and Criminal Law.
5: Culture, Media and Everyday Practices: Unveiling and Challenging Islamophobia.
6: Stupid Paki Loving Bitch: The Politics of Online Islamophobia and Misogyny.
7: ‘Ta-Ta Qatada’: Islamophobic Moral Panic and the British Tabloid Press.
8: Bordering on Denial: State Persecution, Border Controls and the Rohingya Refugee Crisis.
9: Social Death: The (White) Racial Framing of the Calais ‘Jungle’ and ‘Illegal’ Migrants in the British Tabloids and Right-Wing Press.
10: Racism as a Crime in Britain’s Right-Wing Press.
11: Closeness and Distance in Media Reports on the Trollhättan Attack.
12: Racism, the Press and Black Deaths in Police Custody in the United Kingdom.
13: Indigenous People, Resistance and Racialised Criminality.
14: An Analysis of Anti-Black Crime Reporting in Toronto: Evidence from News Frames and Critical Race Theory.
15: Contesting the Single Story: Collective Punishment, Myth-Making and Racialised Criminalisation.
16: The Figure of the ‘Foreign Criminal’: Race, Gender and the FNP.
17: Beyond Media Discourse: Locating Race and Racism in Criminal Justice Systems.