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High-Profile Crimes: When Legal Cases Become Social Causes

Lynn S. Chancer


This book starts by considering the following: O. J. Simpson, the Central Park jogger, Bensonhurst, William Kennedy Smith, and Rodney King. These names mean more than crimes and criminals, more than court cases. They are cultural events that, for better or worse, gave concrete expression to latent social conflicts in American society. This book explores how these cases became conflated with larger social causes on a collective level and how this phenomenon has affected the law, the media, and social movements. An incisive chronicle of some of the most polarizing cases of the 1980s and 1990s, i ... More

Keywords: O. J. Simpson, Central Park jogger, Bensonhurst, William Kennedy Smith, Rodney King, American society, social movements, legal cases, high-profile crimes, domestic violence

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226101125
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226101132.001.0001


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Lynn S. Chancer, author

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