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High-Profile CrimesWhen Legal Cases Become Social Causes$
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Lynn S. Chancer

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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When Cases Become Causes

When Cases Become Causes

(p.3) Chapter 1 When Cases Become Causes
High-Profile Crimes

Lynn S. Chancer

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about high profiles cases in the U.S. in the 1980s and 1990s and how they became social causes. Seven cases are studied in this volume including the rape of the Central Park jogger, the murder of Yusef Hawkins and the O.J. Simpson case. These cases all received national media coverage and they highlighted controversies of gender and/or racial discrimination. They also became vehicles for crystallizing, debating, and attempting to resolve contemporary social problems.

Keywords:   high profile cases, U.S. social causes, Central Park jogger, Yusef Hawkins, O.J. Simpson, gender discrimination, racial discrimination, social problems

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