Law in popular belief

Myth and reality

Edited by Anthony Amatrudo and Regina Rauxloh

Law in popular belief


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9783-6
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: March 2017
  • BIC Category: Criminology: Legal Aspects, Society & social sciences / Sociology, Society & social sciences / Crime & criminology, Law / General, Law, Sociology, Law, Jurisprudence & general issues, Criminal law: procedure & offences, Crime & criminology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology, LAW / Criminal Law / General, LAW / General


In recent years there has been a significant growth in interest of the so-called "law in context" extending legal studies beyond black letter law. This book looks at the relationship between statute law and legal practice. It examines how law is applied in reality and more precisely how law is perceived by the general public in contrast to the legal profession. The authors look at a number of themes that are central to examining ways in which myths about law are formed, and how there is inevitably a constitutive power aspect to this myth making. At the same time they explore to what extent law itself creates and sustains myths. The book will be of general interest to a number of different disciplines such as legal theory, general law, criminology and sociology.


Introduction - Anthony Amatrudo and Regina E. Rauxloh

Part I: Perception shaped by traditional media
1 Criminology through the looking glass - Colin Sumner
2 What do they know of law who only cop shows know? - Anthony Amatrudo
3 Regurgitating the media image: toward a phenomenology of the 'visible' in criminal justice - Matthew R. Draper and David Polizzi

Part II: Perception shaped by other means
4 'Kony is so last month': lessons from social media stunt 'Kony 2012' - Regina E. Rauxloh
5 A comparative analysis of the criminal and civil justice systems in England and Wales - Matthew R. Smith
6 Beliefs about the European Court of Human Rights in the United Kingdom Parliament - Paul Johnson
7 Forward! Coding, de-coding, and re-coding law in public art for urban regeneration - Ronnie Lippens

Part III: Perception of those at the fringe of society
8 Criminology and the legacies of Clarice Starling - David Wilson
9 Letters to Casey Anthony, a woman accused of murder - Lizzie Seal
10 The gypsy's lot: myth and reality - Robert Jago


Anthony Amatrudo is Associate Professor in Criminology at Middlesex University

Regina Rauxloh is Associate Professor in Law at Southampton University

Law in popular belief

Edited by Anthony Amatrudo, Regina Rauxloh

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