Criminology Goes to the Movies: Crime Theory and Popular Culture

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  • Copyright: 9/1/2011
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr
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From a look at classics like Psycho and Double Indemnity to recent films like Traffic and Thelma & 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.

Author Biography

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, 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Note on Use of Datesp. xi
Introduction: Taking Criminology to the Moviesp. 1
"For Money and a Woman": Rational Choice Theories and Double Indemnityp. 14
"He's Alive!": Biological Theories and Frankensteinp. 28
"Blood, Mother, Blood!": Psychological Theories and Psychop. 47
"You Talking to Me?": Social Disorganization Theories and Taxi Driverp. 67
"You're Giving Me a Nervous Breakdown": Strain Theories and Trafficp. 83
Getting the Drift: Social Learning Theories and Mystic Riverp. 101
"Pornography in Foot-High Stacks": Labeling Theory and Capturing the Friedmansp. 119
Fight the Power: Conflict Theories and Do the Right Thingp. 138
"Let Her Go": Feminist Criminology and Thelma & Louisep. 153
A Matter of Time: Life-Course Theories and City of Godp. 167
Conclusion: The Big Picturep. 184
Appendix of Filmsp. 187
Notesp. 191
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 221
About the Authorsp. 227
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