Reel Violence: Popular Culture and Concerns about Capital Punishment in Contemporary American Society

Roberta M. Harding

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Abstract

This chapter examines how popular culture might have contributed towards the shift in the public's attitude towards death penalty sentencing and execution patterns in the United States. It analyses the films Dead Man Walking and The Green Mile and explains some of the capital punishment issues to which the viewers are exposed. It suggests that both films instruct their respective audiences about fairness and the death penalty, an issue that strikes a chord with most people.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaw and Popular Culture
ISBN (Electronic)9780191699603
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012

Keywords

  • Dead man walking
  • Death penalty
  • Execution patterns
  • Motion pictures
  • Popular culture
  • The green mile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)

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