Lessons from “SVU”

svu cover“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU)” is a popular American police procedural television series, watched by fans in more than 30 countries. Boston College Communication Professor Lisa Cuklanz and co-author Sujata Moorti have written the first dedicated study of “SVU” and its treatment of sexual violence, gender, and criminality. In their book All-American TV Crime Drama: Feminism and Identity Politics in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (I.B. Tauris, 2016), the authors delineate how the show’s unique focus on sex crimes reflects contemporary popular culture and feminist critique. Cuklanz and Moorti, who teaches at Middlebury College in Vermont, unpack how the show and its New York City backdrop have become a crucible for examining current attitudes towards women, gender roles, the family, and race.

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