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Not my reality
preprintposted on 06.12.2018, 19:53 by Anne Ferguson
In 2008, Australian viewing audiences were first introduced to the factional television series, Underbelly, a show based loosely on the so-called Melbourne gang-land war of 1995 - 2004. The airing of Underbelly coincided with the real-time criminal trial of one of the characters portrayed in the show, raising serious questions about due process and trial by media. In this paper, we analyse these events through the lens of some of the ‘true life characters’ represented in Underbelly. Drawing upon in-depth interview data, we highlight the role of the media in the construction of criminal 'others' and the impact of this on public perception of crime, criminals and the criminal process.
Declaration of conflicts of interestnone
Corresponding author firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead author countryAustralia
Lead author job roleHigher Education Lecturer
Lead author institutionCentral Queensland University
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