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Law Text Culture

Volume 13, Issue 1 (2009) Crime Scenes

Crime has long kept law and its public enthralled, and the heartland of crime in contemporary culture is the crime scene. This is a place where the coordinates are continually mapped and, whether a minor or lead character in our social topographies, the crime scene inevitably, repeatedly, steals our attention. Representations pepper our television screens in police and forensic procedurals; Luc Sante’s (1992) collection of New York crime scene photographs inspired a fervent generation of local and international efforts to excavate archives, loosening the crime scene from relative archival obscurity to increasingly preoccupy the public; and — as readers of contemporary crime fiction know — the ‘crime scene’ has become as ubiquitous a feature in crime fiction as the haunted house in the horror genre. The crime scene is thus de rigueur a feature of any modern examination of crime.

Journal Articles

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Crime Scenes
R. S. Bray and D. Dalton

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Accident Music
R. Gibson

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Dark Tourism
H. Brook

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Muri di piombo
E. Frapiccini

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