The Performance of Shock and the Ubiquity of Cover-Up

Howard Davis

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The Jimmy Savile case elicited shocked reactions not only at the extent of crimes allegedly committed by the deceased former DJ but also because of suspicions of an attempted 'cover-up', especially on the part of the BBC. Yet there is a risk of disingenuousness here. Cover-up has become a commonplace of behaviou by and within organisations. Respectable organisations long ago proved their capacities to lie, deflect and distort, even at massive human cost.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-24
JournalBritish Society of Criminology Newsletter
Issue number71
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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