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2 Crime Media Culture 5 (2006)

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Borders breached, conventional claims



Welcome to Volume 2 of Crime Media Culture: An International Journal. At a time when
many of our geographical and cultural borders are ever more closely guarded, it seems
apt to reflect on the intellectual and artistic borders breached and intersected across the
pages of CMC. As the scholarship appearing in CMC suggests, these borders - most
notably, but not exclusively, between criminology, media studies, and cultural studies-
are often porous, and at times fully permeable. Indeed, this journal could scarcely exist
otherwise. The diverse contributions to Volume 1 of CMC, we feel, clearly illustrated the
high quality of academic research, intellectual debate, political commentary and artistic
engagement that can result from a truly cross-disciplinary interrogation of crime, media
and culture. We are pleased to report, then, that the eclectic, cross-cutting intellectual
revolution we spoke of in our first editorial appears to be well under way. Despite this,
though, we would suggest that meaningful and sustained analysis between and across
disciplines remains an important and pressing challenge.
   Even the most cursory glance at publishing catalogues and university prospectuses
reveals that media- and culturally-oriented criminology is a rapidly expanding area. Yet
how many criminologists possess the methodological and conceptual tools to adequately
deconstruct a crime film? How many have the journalistic or literary training to untangle
the complexities of popular crime writing? At the same time, while scholars working
within the realms of media and cultural studies routinely speak of issues of crime, deviance
and control, how many can claim the socio-political and historical understanding of crime
and penality so central to the work of many criminologists? Answers to these questions
suggest that while there is clearly a burgeoning body of work exploring the interrelations
between crime, media, and culture, we have only begun the conversation; there is still
much to be gained from a critical and reflexive dialogue between people working at this
crucial nexus. Continuing to stimulate and nourish such a dialogue remains one of CMC's
key aims.
   Recently, one of us attended the launch of a book which collects contributions under
the heading Participating in the Knowledge Society: Researchers Beyond the University

CRIME MEDIA CULTURE © 2006 SAGE Publications, London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi,
www.sagepublications.com, ISSN 1741-6590, Vol 2(1): 5-8 [DOI: 10.1177/1741659006061707]

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