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Justice ProvocateurJane Tennison and Policing in Prime Suspect$
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Gray Cavender and Nancy C. Jurik

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037191

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037191.001.0001

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Doing Justice

Doing Justice

(p.72) Chapter 4 Doing Justice
Justice Provocateur

Gray Cavender

Nancy C. Jurik

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Prime Suspect's treatment of justice issues. The main question is the degree to which the series fits within the corpus of a feminist crime genre and embodies a commitment to the tenets of a progressive moral fiction. The chapter considers Jane Tennison's role as a justice provocateur. Do the series and its chief protagonist merely reinforce restoration of the status quo, or do they convey a sense of the limits of law and the criminal justice system, of the fissures in societal and police organizational power structures? And to what extent, if any, is Prime Suspect imagery empowering with regard to individual or collective opportunities for promoting social justice or social transformation? The chapter also presents examples of action and dialogue that exemplify Jane Tennison as a justice provocateur. It then discusses the limitations of the doing of justice by Jane Tennison and in the series as a whole.

Keywords:   feminist crime genre, moral fiction, Prime Suspect, television series, justice provocateur, progressive moral fiction

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