Criminology Goes to the Movies Crime Theory and Popular Culture

ISBN-10: 0814776523
ISBN-13: 9780814776520
Edition: 2011
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Description: From a look at classics likePsychoandDouble Indemnityto recent films likeTrafficandThelma & Louise, Nicole Rafter and Michelle Brown show that criminological theory is produced not only in the academy, through scholarly research, but also in popular  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 9/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

From a look at classics likePsychoandDouble Indemnityto recent films likeTrafficandThelma & Louise, Nicole Rafter and Michelle Brown show that criminological theory is produced not only in the academy, through scholarly research, but also in popular culture, through film.Criminology Goes to the Moviesconnects with ways in which students are already thinking criminologically through engagements with popular culture, encouraging them to use the everyday world as a vehicle for theorizing and understanding both crime and perceptions of criminality. The first work to bring a systematic and sophisticated criminological perspective to bear on crime films, Rafter and Brown's book provides a fresh way of looking at cinema, using the concepts and analytical tools of criminology to uncover previously unnoticed meanings in film, ultimately making the study of criminological theory more engaging and effective for students while simultaneously demonstrating how theories of crime circulate in our mass-mediated worlds. The result is an illuminating new way of seeing movies and a delightful way of learning about criminology.

Nicole Rafter is Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University and author of many books, including The Criminal Brain: Understanding Biological Theories of Crime .

Michelle Brown is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee and Fellow at the Indiana University Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions and author of The Culture of Punishment: Prison, Society, and Spectacle .

Preface
Note on Use of Dates
Introduction: Taking Criminology to the Movies
"For Money and a Woman": Rational Choice Theories and Double Indemnity
"He's Alive!": Biological Theories and Frankenstein
"Blood, Mother, Blood!": Psychological Theories and Psycho
"You Talking to Me?": Social Disorganization Theories and Taxi Driver
"You're Giving Me a Nervous Breakdown": Strain Theories and Traffic
Getting the Drift: Social Learning Theories and Mystic River
"Pornography in Foot-High Stacks": Labeling Theory and Capturing the Friedmans
Fight the Power: Conflict Theories and Do the Right Thing
"Let Her Go": Feminist Criminology and Thelma & Louise
A Matter of Time: Life-Course Theories and City of God
Conclusion: The Big Picture
Appendix of Films
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors

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