The Language of Crime and Deviance: An Introduction to Critical Linguistic Analysis in Media and Popular Culture

The Language of Crime and Deviance: An Introduction to Critical Linguistic Analysis in Media and Popular Culture

by Andrea Mayr, David Machin

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Overview

There is now a long tradition of academic literature in media studies and criminology that has analysed how we come to think about crime, deviance and punishment. This book for the first time deals specifically with the role of language in this process, showing how critical linguistic analysis can provide further crucial insights into media representations of crime and criminals. Through case studies the book develops a toolkit for the analysis of language and images in examples taken from a range of media.


The Language of Crimeand Deviance covers spoken, written and visual media discourses and focuses on a number of specific areas of crime and criminal justice, including media constructions of young people and women; media and the police, 'reality' crime shows; corporate crime; prison and drugs.It is therefore a welcome and valuable contribution to the fields of linguistics, criminology, media and cultural studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441102409
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/16/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Andrea Mayr is Lecturer in the School of English at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
Her books include Prison Discourse (Palgrave, 2004), Language and Power (Continuum, 2008), and Language and
Power: A Resourcebook for Students (Routledge, 2010).

David Machin is a Lecturer in the School of Jourbanalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, Wales. His books include Global Media Discourse (2007), Introduction to Multimodal Analysis (2007) and News Production: Theory and Practice (2006).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements \ 1. Introduction: crime, deviance and language \ 2. Simple word choice and how to represent people and action \ 3. Concealment and evasion through grammar \ 4. Young people and crime \ 5. Women and crime \ 6. The criminal justice system in the media: the police \ 7. The criminal justice system in the media: the prison \ 8. Corporate crime \ 9. Conclusion
Bibliography \ Index

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