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"Baich, Laura J" <[log in to unmask]>
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New from Indiana University Press:

Murder, the Media, and the Politics of Public Feelings
Remembering Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.
Jennifer Petersen

"Petersen makes use of an intriguing thesis and presents an insightful
source for journalism and broadcasting students." ‹Library Journal

In 1998, the horrific murders of Matthew Shepard‹a gay man living in
Laramie, Wyoming‹and James Byrd Jr.‹an African American man dragged to his
death in Jasper, Texas‹provoked a passionate public outrage. The intense
media coverage of the murders made moments of violence based in racism and
homophobia highly visible and which eventually led to the passage of The
Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009. The
role the media played in cultivating, shaping, and directing the collective
emotional response toward these crimes is the subject of this gripping new
book by Jennifer Petersen. Tracing the emotional exchange from news stories
to the creation of law, Petersen calls for an approach to media and
democratic politics that takes into account the role of affect in the
political and legal life of the nation.

222 pp.
cloth 978-0-253-35659-8 $70.00
paper 978-0-253-22339-5 $24.95

For more information, visit:

For Instructors:
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exam copy policy: 

Laura Baich
Electronic Marketing Manager
Indiana University Press
812-855-8287 | 812-856-0415 (fax)

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