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Media, Criminal Justice, and Mass Culture [revised edition]

Gregg Barak, editor
ISBN: 978-0-911577-37-2
1999/228 pages

A CriminalJusticePress Project
"Representing O.J. is an important contribution to the growing body of literature on the cultural significance of criminal justice processes and their representation in the media. It is highly recommended as a personal resource and for classroom use in graduate or upper-level undergraduate courses."—Melissa Hickman Barlow, Violence against Women

"I was able, thanks to the authors of these well-written essays, to see deeper into American society and America's way of doing justice."—Barbara Sims, Journal of Criminal Justice Education


This anthology uses the O.J. Simpson murder trial of the 1990s as a catalyst for exploring the intersections of media, race and class, criminal justice and mass culture in America.


Gregg Barak is professor of criminology and criminal justice at Eastern Michigan University.


  • People v. Simpson—G. Geis.
  • Evidence, Probabilities and Legal Standards: Beyond the O.J. Trial—B. Forst.
  • A Plausible Clinical Diagnosis of the O.J. Case—L.A. French.
  • The Social Science Significance of the O.J. Simpson Case—S. Barkan.
  • Slash and Frame—J. Ferrell.
  • The Real Menace to Society—E.O. Hutchinson.
  • The First Cybertrial—C. Greek.
  • O.J. Simpson and the Trial of the Century—L. Chancer.
  • Media, Discourse, and the O.J. Simpson Trial—G. Barak.
  • On O.J. Simpson, Consumerism, and Hyperreality—B. Arrigo.
  • Ethnic Expressive Style and American Public Opinion—E.L. Cerroni-Long.
  • The Influence of Racial Similarity on the O.J. Simpson Trial— .D. Mixon et al.
  • Black Protectionism, White Denial and O.J.—K. Russell.
  • O.J. Simpson in Black and White and Green—R. Slate.
  • Demystifying the Third Branch of Government and the O.J. Simpson Case—S. Russell.
  • Eliminate Private Criminal Defense—T. Bernard.
  • Race and the O.J. Simpson Verdict—J. Chambers.
  • Jury Legitimacy and the Continuing Debate—J. Gilbert.
  • The American Justice System's Obsession with Punishment—S. Perello Jr.