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Justice Provocateur

Jane Tennison and Policing in Prime Suspect

Gray Cavender

Publication Year: 2012

Justice Provocateur focuses on Prime Suspect, a popular British television film series starring Oscar and Emmy award-winning actress Helen Mirren as fictional London policewoman Jane Tennison. Gray Cavender and Nancy C. Jurik examine the media constructions of justice, gender, and police work in the show, exploring its progressive treatment of contemporary social problems in which women are central protagonists. They argue that the show acts as a vehicle for progressive moral fiction--fiction that gives voice to victim experiences, locates those experiences within a larger social context, transcends traditional legal definitions of justice for victims, and offers insights into ways that individuals might challenge oppressive social and organizational arrangements. Shrewdly interpreting the show as an illustration of the tensions and contradictions of women's experiences and their various relations to power, Justice Provocateur provides a framework for interrogating the meanings and implications of justice, gender, and social transformation both on and off the screen._x000B_

Published by: University of Illinois Press


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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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p. 4-4

Copyright Page

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pp. vii-viii

We are grateful to ITV/Granada Productions and Rex USA for granting us permission to use...

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pp. 1-22

Prime Suspect (Granada Television) is one of the most popular British television exports to the United States and around the globe. The series chronicles the career and...

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1. Analytic Framework

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pp. 23-36

In this chapter, we develop our framework for analyzing Prime Suspect. It is our intention that this framework serve as a benchmark for examining gender and...

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2. Prime Suspect and Women in Policing

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pp. 37-54

To a large extent, the early absence of women police protagonists from novels and television programs was an accurate reflection of social reality. As we discussed...

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3. Investigating and Challenging

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pp. 55-71

In this chapter we consider both the strategies of detection that enable Jane Tennison to solve cases and the television production techniques employed in the series...

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4. Doing Justice

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pp. 72-87

The crime genre offers a template for examining collective anxieties and issues of justice (Brunsdon 2000). Television crime productions generally, and police procedurals...

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5. Private Troubles and Public Issues

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pp. 88-108

The crime genre has long been characterized by individualism; that is, the criminal bears individual responsibility for his or her crime, and the investigator, a strong and...

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6. Prime Suspect and Progressive Moral Fiction

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pp. 109-142

As we noted in the Introduction, critics and scholars disagree about Prime Suspect’s success in transforming the sexist, racist, and conservative nature of most crime genre productions...

Appendix: Prime Suspect Episode Overview

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pp. 143-150


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pp. 161-168

E-ISBN-13: 9780252094316
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252037191

Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2012