Muschert, Glenn W. & Sumiala, Johanna (eds):
School Shootings: Mediatized Violence in a Global Age (Emerald, 2012, 300 p.)
School shootings have raised considerable interest among scholars as a global (media) cultural phenomenon and have increased specifically in the 1990s developing into a seeming cultural epidemic. This book contributes to the current academic discussion on school shootings by analysing this phenomenon in a broader context of mediatization in contemporary social and cultural life. Mediatized logic has the power to influence us as individuals communicating about the shootings and experiencing the shootings as victimizers, victims, witnesses or bystanders.
In three sections, this book explores shootings from different, yet interconnected, perspectives: a theoretical focus on media and school shootings within various sociological and cultural dimensions, specifically how contemporary media transform school shootings into mediatized violence; a focus on the practices of mediatization, with emphasis on mediated coverage of school shootings and its political, cultural, social and ethical implications; and an examination of the audiences, victims and witnesses of school shootings as well as organizations which try to manage these public crimes of significant media interest.
In this cross-disciplinary book school shootings are explored and analysed as a global phenomenon of the media era from a variety of cultural and social perspectives. The articles cover themes such as the relationship of journalism and violence, the roles of the victims and witnesses in the media, and the young and the visual imagery of violence. The international collective of writers represent different disciplines, including media research, psychology and sociology.
Editors of the anthology, Professor of sociology Glenn Muschert (Miami University, USA) and adjunct professor of communication Johanna Sumiala (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki).
Book launch at University of Helsinki:
8.1.2013 School Shootings ? Global phenomenon of the media age?