Celebrity Culture and Crime: The Joy of Transgression

Celebrity Culture and Crime: The Joy of Transgression

by R. Penfold-Mounce
     
 

We live in a celebrity culture where even criminals can become 'well known' and celebrated on a mass scale. This book engages with the concept of celebrity and its relationship with crime through criminals who become celebrities (criminal celebrities) and celebrities who become criminals (rogue celebrities). Drawing on a range of case studies, Foucault's theory of

Overview

We live in a celebrity culture where even criminals can become 'well known' and celebrated on a mass scale. This book engages with the concept of celebrity and its relationship with crime through criminals who become celebrities (criminal celebrities) and celebrities who become criminals (rogue celebrities). Drawing on a range of case studies, Foucault's theory of governmentality is used to examine the influence of celebrated criminals as a controlling force in contemporary society, examining high-profile criminals such as Ronnie Biggs, John Dillinger, 'Dodgy' Dave Courtney, the Krays, Myra Hindley and Ian Brady; and celebrities such as O.J. Simpson, Gary Glitter, Paris Hilton, Michael Barrymore and Michael Jackson.

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From the Publisher

'By bringing the study of celebrity and criminality together and highlighting the many forms of interconnections between them, the book elucidates our often fractious engagement and fascination with both arenas...one can only hope that Penfold-Mounce's book will serve as a valuable prompt for further scholarship on this enormously rich topic.' - Crime, Media, Culture

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230224681
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Series:
Cultural Criminology Series
Edition description:
2009
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

RUTH PENFOLD-MOUNCE is Lecturer in Criminology, University of York, UK.

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