When Cases Become Causes

Lynn S. Chancer

in High-Profile Crimes

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780226101125
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226101132 | DOI:
When Cases Become Causes

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This chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about high profiles cases in the U.S. in the 1980s and 1990s and how they became social causes. Seven cases are studied in this volume including the rape of the Central Park jogger, the murder of Yusef Hawkins and the O.J. Simpson case. These cases all received national media coverage and they highlighted controversies of gender and/or racial discrimination. They also became vehicles for crystallizing, debating, and attempting to resolve contemporary social problems.

Keywords: high profile cases; U.S. social causes; Central Park jogger; Yusef Hawkins; O.J. Simpson; gender discrimination; racial discrimination; social problems

Chapter.  9717 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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