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Media and Crime

Media and Crime

Third Edition
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February 2015 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book critically examines the complex interactions between media and crime.


Written with an engaging and authoritative voice, it guides you through all the key issues, ranging from news reporting of crime, media constructions of children and women, moral panics, and media and the police to 'reality' crime shows, surveillance and social control.


This third edition:

  • Explores innovations in technology and forms of reporting, including citizen journalism.
  • Examines the impact of new media including mobile, Internet and digital technologies, and social networking sites.
  • Features chapters dedicated to the issues around cybercrime and crime film, along with new content on terrorism and the media.
  • Shows you how to research media and crime.
  • Includes discussion questions, further reading and a glossary.
  • Now features a companion website, complete with links to journal articles, relevant websites and blogs.

This is essential reading for your studies in criminology, media studies, cultural studies and sociology.



The Key Approaches to Criminology series celebrates the removal of traditional barriers between disciplines and, specifically, reflects criminology’s interdisciplinary nature and focus.  It brings together some of the leading scholars working at the intersections of criminology and related subjects.  Each book in the series helps readers to make intellectual connections between criminology and other discourses, and to understand the importance of studying crime and criminal justice within the context of broader debates. 


The series is intended to have appeal across the entire range of undergraduate and postgraduate studies and beyond, comprising books which offer introductions to the fields as well as advancing ideas and knowledge in their subject areas. 

Theorizing Media and Crime
The Construction of Crime News
Media and Moral Panics
Media Constructions of Children: 'Evil Monsters' and 'Tragic Victims'
Media Misogyny: Monstrous Women
Police, Offenders and Victims in the Media
Crime Films and Prison Films
Crime and the Surveillance Culture
The Role of the Internet in Crime and Deviance
(Re)Conceptualizing the Relationship between Media and Crime


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Free resources on the companion website:

  • Free access to selected further readings in SAGE journals
  • Links to websites, YouTube videos, blogs and reports
  • PowerPoint Slides to accompany each chapter

In Media and Crime one of the field’s very best scholars offers a critical panorama of crime and media, from prison films to surveillance culture and cybercrime. As intellectually sophisticated as it is narratively engaging, Yvonne Jewkes’ Media and Crime is a masterful must-read.

Professor Jeff Ferrell
Texas Christian University and University of Kent

Yvonne Jewkes' Media & Crime has established itself as the key text in this important area of criminology. This new edition incorporates pivotal developments in a rapidly transforming media landscape, and will prove an invaluable resource for criminology students and researchers alike.

Dean Wilson
Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies, Plymouth University

A clear & concise insight into the Media impact on crime and the fear of crime in the UK

Mr Peter Andrew Doyle
School of Sport, Health & Outdoor Education (Swansea), University of Wales, Trinity St David
June 25, 2019

Crucial addition to the reading list for this unit.

Dr Jane Healy
Department of Social Sciences & Social W, Bournemouth University
July 2, 2018

Covers a wide range of issues regarding merdia and crime and does so in an interesting way, providing good case studies as examples.

Dr Maria Kaspersson
Law and Criminology, Greenwich University
September 22, 2016

An intelligent appraisal of the tangled relationship between the media and crime with an impressive focus on key issues stemming from the rise of digital technology. An excellent resource.

Ms Mary Williams
Social, Historical & Literary Studies, Portsmouth University
August 26, 2016

Good overview of several issues and quite readable for undergrads

Mr Patrick Meehan
Education , Canterbury Christ Church University
July 19, 2016

This text gives a comprehensive overview of the key themes and perspectives around media, crime and culture. Students find it an accessible and logically structured introduction to the main ideas and concepts.

Dr Elizabeth Yardley
Education, Law and Social Sciences, Birmingham City University
February 16, 2016

Comprehensive coverage of the topic and easy for students of all levels to understand

Dr Sam Poyser
School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University
September 30, 2015

Excellent all round book on Media and Crime

Mr Rashid Aziz
Department of Law and Criminal Justice, Canterbury Christ Church University
September 29, 2015

This Third Edition now includes:

  • Exploration of innovations in technology and forms of reporting, including citizen journalism.
  • Examination the impact of new media including mobile, Internet and digital technologies, and social networking sites.
  • Chapters dedicated to the issues around cybercrime and crime film, along with new content on terrorism and the media.
  • Guidance on researching media and crime.
  • A brand new companion website with links to journal articles, relevant websites and blogs.

Yvonne Jewkes

Yvonne Jewkes is Professor of Criminology at the University of Bath and Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne. She has been carrying out prison research—much of it ethnography—for over 20 years and has spent the last decade researching and writing about prison architecture and design and their potential to rehabilitate. She has recently held two Economic and Social Research Council grants to study these topics and has worked as a consultant to prison architects and senior prison service personnel around the world. She has published extensively on various aspects of prisons and imprisonment, including (with Ben Crewe... More About Author

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