"What can we learn from the legal cases of Stephen Lawrence and Louise Woodward? How do the legal system and the media contribute to a collective understanding of class, nation, race and gender? In this book, Siobhan Holohan explores media representations of law and order in the context of notions of multi-culturalism and victim-centred politics. Two high profile cases - the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the US trial of the British au-pair, Louise Woodward - are examined. Holohan argues that the stories built up around Woodward and Lawrence - the organization of public discourse around a sacrificial figure - have contributed to exclusionary patterns of social order. The book offers a perceptive account of what makes some criminal legal cases prone to scrutiny and spectacle and provides a vivid illustration of the presence of power relations in legal decisions. In conclusion, the author draws on the model of the Macpherson report to propose a more inclusive form of social and legal judgement that takes into account social inequalities."--Provided by publisher.
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Part, I Gender and Power chapter Introduction Society, Regulation and Representation / Siobhan Holohan chapter One The Family as Moral Centre of Social Organization / Siobhan Holohan chapter Two Symbolic Transformations / Siobhan Holohan chapter Three The Scapegoat Mechanism / Siobhan Holohan part, II Reading Racism chapter Four Ethnic Subjectivity and Identity Reformation / Siobhan Holohan chapter Five The Violence of Discourse / Siobhan Holohan chapter Six Criminal Justice and Society / Siobhan Holohan chapter Conclusion Toward an Ethics of Representation / Siobhan Holohan.
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