The CSI Effect

The CSI Effect : Television, Crime, and Governance

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The CSI Effect: Television, Crime, and Governance demonstrates that CSI's appeal cannot be disentangled from its production as a televisual text or the broader discourses and practices that circulate within our social landscape. This groundbreaking interdisciplinary collection bridges the gap between the study of popular culture media and the study of crime, and fosters the development of a new set of theoretical languages in which the mediated spectacle of crime and criminalization can be carefully considered.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 310 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
  • 0739124714
  • 9780739124710
  • 1,405,218

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What the 'CSI shot'-the CBS drama's signature microphotographic probe beneath the skin and into the body-did for television forensics, Michele Byers' and Val Marie Johnson's excellent collection does for television studies. This multi-voiced subcutaneous investigation into the world's most popular small screen franchise discovers significant and new political, sociological, and aesthetic evidence concerning why Anthony Zuicker's creation remains at the end of the first decade of the 21st Century anything but a corpse. -- David Lavery, editor of The Essential Cult Television Reader and founding editor of the journal Critical Studies in Television The CSI Effect: Television, Crime, and Governance will make a significant contribution to our understanding of CSI as well as the contemporary social conditions that make its effects possible. -- Jack Z. Bratich, Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey
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About Michele Byers

Michele Byers is associate professor of sociology and criminology at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Val Marie Johnson is associate professor of sociology and criminology at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Table of contents

Part 1 CSI as Neoliberalism: An Introduction Part 2 TheCSI Effect: Producing Justice, Science, and Television Drama Chapter 3 Chapter 1: TheCSI Effect: "Science" Fiction? Chapter 4 Chapter 2: The Science and Careers ofCSI Chapter 5 Chapter 3: CSI andLaw and Order: Dueling Representations of Science and the Law in the Criminal Justice System Chapter 6 Chapter 4: Generic Difference and Hybridisation in CSI Part 7 Bodies of Evidence Chapter 8 Chapter 5: The Body as Abject and Object in CSI Chapter 9 Chapter 6: The City of Our Times: Space, Identity and the Body in CSI: Miami Chapter 10 Chapter 7: Crime Scene Investigation as Applied Environmental History Part 11 Late Modern Subjects Chapter 12 Chapter 8: Not the Usual Suspects: The Obfuscation of Political Economy and Race in CSI Chapter 13 Chapter 9: Troping Mr. Johnson: Reading Phallic Mastery and Anxiety on Season One of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Chapter 14 Chapter 10: Forensic Music: Channeling the Dead on Post-9/11 TV
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