Representations of Sex Crime: Conflict, Commercialism, Culture

Chris Greer, Northumbria University

This paper considers the changing contexts within which the problem of sex crime -- in its myriad forms -- has taken root and grown in the public imagination in recent decades. With particular attention to shifts in the social, political, economic and cultural terrains of media production and wider social structures, and the significance of ever-increasing levels of crime consciousness, it links changes and continuities in representations of sex crime to wider developments in advanced capitalist societies. Finally, the paper suggests some possible futures for the construction of sex crime, should it continue to follow current trends.

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