Criminology Goes to the Movies: Crime Theory and Popular Culture

Criminology Goes to the Movies: Crime Theory and Popular Culture

by Nicole Rafter, Michelle Brown
     
 

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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 Movies connects with ways in which students are already

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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 Movies connects 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814776520
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Pages:
236
Sales rank:
917,352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Authors Nicole Rafter and Michelle Brown have come up with an effective way of keying theory to film...[they] have managed to present a coherent summary of the most important theories that seek to explain crime, and to do it in a readable (sometimes even amusing) way."-Ben Pesta,California Lawyer

"An interesting...book."-CHOICE

Meet the Author

Nicole Rafter was Professor
Emeritus of Criminology at Northeastern University. Her publications include The Crime of All Crimes: Toward a
Criminology of Genocide
, The Criminal Brain: Understanding Biological Theories of Crime, and, with
Michelle Brown, Criminology Goes to the
Movies
. In 2009,
Rafter was awarded the Sutherland Award by the American Society of Criminology for outstanding contributions to the discipline.

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.

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