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On Tue, 4 Oct 1994 00:31:01 -0500 Jajasoon Tlitteu said:
>I was wondering if anyone could help me out with some research I'm doing.
>I'm examining Dragnet in the context of late 60's culture & struggle over
>meaning (specifically the construction of LSD, drugs, and youth culture).
>I have been unable to find any sort of criticism of Dragnet out there, or
>much in the way of crime genre in general that relates to my topic.  Thanks
 
There's been quite a bit written on police/detective shows, Jajasoon.
Most of it doesn't address the construction of "youth culture" but it
does address the construction of crime, guilt, morality, etc. and suggest
ways in which other topics (e.g., '70s feminism) are twined into the
genre.
 
Here're a few pointers to get you going:
 
Stuart Kaminsky, Jeffrey Mahan, "The History and Conventions of the
Police Tale," _American Television Genres_ (Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1985).
 
Geoffrey Hurd, "The Television Presentation of Police," _Popular Television
and Film_ (London: British Film Institute, 1981).  Mostly on _The Sweeney_.
 
Julie D'Acci, _Defining Women:  Television and the Case of Cagney &
Lacey_ (Chapel Hill, NC:  U. North Carolina Press, 1994).
 
Jeremy G. Butler, "_Miami Vice_:  The legacy of Film Noir," _Journal
of Popular Film and Television_ 13, no. 3 (Fall 1985):  126-138.
 
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