Law's Agent: Cultivated Citizen or Popular Savage? The Crash of the Moral Mirror

Melanie Williams*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter examines J. G. Ballard's novel Crash and film of the same title. It explains that this examination is conducted in relation to the influence of popular culture on the legal system. It highlights the result of a study which surveyed the film's reception and its links to social and legal debates regarding censorship which was published in the book The Crash Controversy: Censorship Campaigns and Film Reception.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaw and Popular Culture
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191699603
ISBN (Print)9780199272235
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2012


  • Censorship
  • Crash
  • Fiction
  • J. G. Ballard
  • Legal debates
  • Legal system
  • Popular culture

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