Book Review of Richard K. Sherwin, When Law Goes Pop

Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, Vol. 8, p. 136, 2001

11 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2006 Last revised: 10 Mar 2008

Ryan Patrick Alford

Lakehead University - Bora Laskin Faculty of Law

Abstract

When Law Goes Pop is the first book-length appraisal of the impact of the portrayal of the criminal justice system on the legal system itself written by a legal theorist. Sherwin encourages readers to consider the long-term consequences of this relationship, in particular the creation of a culture of skeptical postmodernism, which has a corrosive effect on the criminal justice system. The author is well aware of the width and breadth of the connection between the two fields, and his knowledge of both postmodern philosophical theory and law yields great insight into the problems he discusses.

Keywords: book review, Richard K. Sherwin, When Law Goes Pop, postmodernism, poststructuralism, Baudrillard, Habermas, skepticism, popular culture, criminal justice, mass media, popular trials

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Alford, Ryan Patrick, Book Review of Richard K. Sherwin, When Law Goes Pop. Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, Vol. 8, p. 136, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=918825

Ryan Patrick Alford (Contact Author)

Lakehead University - Bora Laskin Faculty of Law ( email )

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