Criminalizing Big Tobacco: Legal Mobilization and the Politics of Responsibility for Health Risks in the United States
Law and Social Inquiry
Politics and Government
This article reinterprets the discursive terms and cultural meanings that redefined the legal campaign against Big Tobacco during recent decades. We underline the palpable shift from a conventional tort-based logic of products liability claims, which most analysts emphasize, to a logic incorporating key features identified with criminal law or “crimtorts.” The study builds on legal mobilization theory and combines narrative history of events with systematic analysis of media coverage across a twenty-year period to demonstrate how Big Tobacco was criminalized over two decades.
“Criminalizing Big Tobacco: Legal Mobilization and the Politics of Responsibility for Health Risks in the United States,” with Michael W. McCann and Shauna Fisher. Law and Social Inquiry, 2012.