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NCJ Number: 127185 Find in a Library
Title: Liberal Battle Zones and the Study of Law and the Media: A Legal Academic's Afterword
Journal: Law and Human Behavior  Volume:14  Issue:5  Dated:special issue (October 1990)  Pages:511-521
Author(s): R E Rosen
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The afterword examines the strengths and weaknesses of the approach to the study of law and the media which assumes that autonomy of law and legal decisions from media influence is desirable.
Abstract: Each of the previous articles assumes as ideal a system that maximizes the autonomy of law and the media from the social context and from each other. None addressed the desirability of law or the media to be responsive to culture nor the possibilities of fruitful interactions between law and the media. This afterword suggests possibilities for research to better understand the interdependencies not only of law and the media, but also of law and culture. The research shows that the media have become actors in the legal processes and active participants in the criminal justice system. The role and responsibilities this development entails, as well as its cultural meaning, are a prime target for research once the assumption of autonomy for law and the media is held in question. Research is also needed on the ways in which legal processes depend on shared and divergent cultural values and attitudes and how legal narratives and experiences impact a media-influenced citizenry. 46 footnotes (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Judicial attitudes
Index Term(s): Cultural influences; Judicial conduct and ethics; Jurisprudence; Media coverage
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