Dialogues in the Contemporary Social Sciences - Crime, Media and Institutional Scandal
This social science dialogue is about the significance and impact of institutional scandal. There has been a proliferation of scandal in recent years – financial scandals, corruption scandals, environmental scandals… scandals splashed on the front pages of Britain's newspapers and lighting up social media exposing myriad forms of institutional corruption, incompetence and immorality.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – the most far reaching public inquiry in British history, triggered by the Sir Jimmy Savile scandal – is investigating and exposing the failure of British institutions to protect children since 1945. Though journalists have always been interested in scandal, news and social media are investing in scandal-hunting like never before. Scandal reporting is big business, and political dynamite.
Professor Greer and Lord Blair will discuss why most scandals never break, what happens when they do, how the British state is responding to scandal proliferation, and the implications of scandal for crime control and institutional regulation in the digital age.
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