High-Profile Crimes: When Legal Cases Become Social Causes

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O. J. Simpson. The Central Park jogger. Bensonhurst. William Kennedy Smith. Rodney King. These are more than crimes and criminals, more than court cases. They are cultural events that, for better or worse, gave concrete expression to latent social conflicts in American society. In "High-Profile Crimes, " Lynn Chancer explores how these cases became conflated with larger social causes on a collective level and how this phenomenon has affected the law, the media, and social movements. An astute and incisive chronicle of some ...

High-Profile Crimes: When Legal Cases Become Social Causes 2005, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226101125

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