Asimow, Michael / Mader, Shannon
Law and Popular Culture
A Course Book
Year of Publication: 2004
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2004. XXVI, 273 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-5815-1 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.440 kg, 0.970 lbs
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This book explores the interface between law and popular culture, two subjects of enormous current importance and influence. Exploring how they affect each other, each chapter discusses a legally themed film or television show, such as Philadelphia or Dead Man Walking, and treats it as both a cultural and a legal text, illustrating how popular culture both constructs our perceptions of law, and changes the way that players in the legal system behave. Written without theoretical jargon, Law and Popular Culture: A Course Book is intended for use in undergraduate or graduate courses and can be taught by anyone who enjoys pop culture and is interested in law.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Authors: Michael Asimow is Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He teaches law and popular culture as both a law school and undergraduate seminar. He has written numerous articles on this subject and is the co-author of Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies. He also teaches contract law and administrative law.
Shannon Mader received his doctorate in Film Studies from the University of Southern California and, until recently, taught courses in film aesthetics, film genre, and American film history at Loyola Marymount University. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
«'Law and Popular Culture' combines film history, social history and legal issues in a readable and engaging way. Better still, the course Asimow and Mader propose will help any would-be lawyer to see his or her role in society in a more humane and responsible way. But best of all, this book and this course offers entertainment as well as enlightenment. I never wanted to be a lawyer, but if this course had been around when I was in college, I would happily have embraced it.» (Richard Schickel, Film critic, 'Time Magazine', documentarian, and author of numerous books on film history and criticism)
«'Law and Popular Culture: A Course Book' will become an instant classic. Focusing on exemplary films and television shows about law and lawyers, Asimow and Mader present insightful readings and interpretations of both their narrative and visual elements. This book provides a stellar example of the kind of intellectual excitement that can be generated in the classroom and a truly invaluable resource for teachers and students eager to explore the increasing important connections of law and popular culture.» (Austin Sarat, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, Amherst College, author of numerous works on law and society and law and popular culture)
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General Editor: David A. Schultz