Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

Before I began this project I had little appreciation for the network of friends, colleagues, mentors, and editors necessary to the production of such a work. Now, after several years of revision, I am happy to have the opportunity to formally thank all those who have had a hand in its development and completion. ...

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1. Introduction: Why Famous Rape Trials?

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pp. 1-13

It is almost impossible to tune in to radio or television news or to pick up a newspaper without encountering a story about a trial whose arguments are unfolding in public view. Many of these public trials concern issues of gender: the role of women in traditionally male arenas such as military combat or popular team sports, ...

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2. A Particular Social Reality: Rape Law and Rape Law Reform

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pp. 14-32

Prior to the 1970s, U.S. rape law, based on traditional rape myths and laws passed down from centuries of British history, focused on protecting the accused rapist against allegedly dishonest, vengeful, and even psychopathic "claimants" of rape. ...

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3. Issue-Oriented Trials in the Context of Social Change

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pp. 33-47

Highly publicized trials have become a staple of American news coverage in recent years. The cases of Mike Tyson, Matthew Stuart, O. J. Simpson, and the Los Angeles police officers accused of brutally beating Rodney King are among the profusion of cases that have received prolonged national news attention. ...

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4. Mainstream Coverage: Trials as News Events

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pp. 48-84

Given the values and objectives that define news in the United States, it is not surprising that so many news stories about social problems and issues turn on courtroom drama: trials offer vivid conflicts between opposing sides of a dispute, and they also offer easy access to "experts" who serve as sources of information and opinion. ...

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5. Popular Re-Presentations

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pp. 85-113

The Burning Bed, a television film based on a case in which a woman kills her battering husband, is one of several fictional treatments that have been instrumental in bringing social issues to the attention of a wide audience. ...

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6. Conclusion

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pp. 114-122

This book began with the observation that many writers and thinkers have recently paused to consider the surprising resistance to change encountered by modern feminist movements, including the movement for rape law reform. ...

References

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pp. 123-130

Index

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pp. 131-136

Other Works in the Series

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