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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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High-Profile Crimes and American Culture

High-Profile Crimes and American Culture

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High-Profile Crimes

Lynn S. Chancer

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the impact of high profile cases on American culture. It analyzes whether provoking assaults bode a new and important form of politics and suggests that the provoking assaults of the 1980s and 1990s produced common effects at the same time as resulting in varied ramifications, depending on the perspective taken. This chapter also discusses how angered reactions can be redirected at social causes directly and explains how the social movement can gain from high profile crimes.

Keywords:   high profile cases, American culture, provoking assaults, politics, angered reactions, social causes, social movement

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