Discourses of Law and Order in Britain from 1979 to 1995

  • Anita Biressi
Part of the Crime Files Series book series (CF)


This chapter aims to understand the political context of contemporary British true crime and the conditions that fostered its resonance for readers and viewers. The argument is that true crime exhibits in popular form an extension or amplification of the political discourses that have come to dominate the political landscape since the late 1970s. This chapter documents and analyses these discourses in order to set the scene upon which the drama of true crime is played out.


Crime Prevention Property Crime Good Citizen Individual Liberty Neighbourhood Watch 
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© Anita Biressi 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anita Biressi
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  1. 1.Buckinghamshire Chilterns University CollegeHigh Wycombe BuckinghamshireUK

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