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1 Crime Media Culture 5 (2005)

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EDITORIAL


   CMC



Hip hop graffiti, Mexican murals and the war

on terror

JEFF FERRELL, CHRIS GREER AND YVONNE JEWKES




Crime, Media, Culture: An InternationalJournal was borne out of two thoughts that came
to us in the summer of 2002. The first was the realization that the time was right. In an
age defined by media saturation and ubiquitous interpretive spin, a constant and
inescapable flow and exchange of signs, symbols and codes, the increasingly blurred
boundaries between the represented and the real, the rapid advancement and aggressive
marketing of new technologies of communication, surveillance and control, and highly
mediatized and culturally shifting conceptions of community, identity and membership, a
forum for the critical analysis of the relations between crime, media, and culture seemed
a necessity. Second was the realization that we were not alone in facing, without such a
forum, the dilemma of where to publish such work. The choice for an increasing number
of scholars, it seemed, was either to submit articles to mainstream criminology journals,
where they would jostle for inclusion with a myriad of criminological topics, or to send
them to journals in other fields - media studies, communications, cultural studies, soci-
ology, ethnography, gender and sexuality studies, law, and penology - in the hope that
readers with a shared interest would somehow stumble upon the work.
   With Crime, Media, Culture, we redress this problem - and in fact, we hope that Crime,
Media, Culture will become the primary vehicle for exchange between scholars working
at the intersections of criminological and cultural inquiry. CMC will provide a unique and
much needed forum for serious scholarly debate and, we trust, for empirically novel and
theoretically rigorous research into crime, media, and culture. More specifically, substan-
tive areas of interest for the journal can be noted by way of three broad, overlapping
categories:

1 The relationship between crime/criminal justice and media forms, including traditional
   media, new and alternative media, and surveillance technologies.
2 The relationship between crime/criminal justice and cultural dynamics, with a special
   focus on cultural criminology and its concerns with image, representation, meaning,
   and style.


CRIME    , CULTURE © 2005 SAGE Publications, London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi,
www.sagepublications.com, ISSN 1741-6590, Vol 1(1): 5-9 [DOI: 10.1177/1741659005050240]

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