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Cinema, Race, and Justice: A Qualitative Analysis of Selected Themes

Thompson, Katherine Clay
June 4, 2015

Source: (2007) Thesis submitted for the degree of Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology. East Tennessee State University.

The purpose of this study was to examine 7 different crime and justice films and provide a content analysis incorporating restorative justice and peacemaking perspectives. The 7 films examined in this study include 12 Angry Men, A Family Thing, American History X, American Me, Crash, Shawshank Redemption, and Traffic. The researcher examined the films and used content analysis to examine the behaviors and actions of the characters. The films were examined using 5 different analytical themes: “embracing chance,” “second chances,” “hope,” “connectedness,” and “becoming more human.” The current study found the 7 films examined all displayed both restorative justice and peacemaking perspectives. (Excerpt)


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