Celebrity Culture and Crime: The Joy of Transgression

Celebrity Culture and Crime: The Joy of Transgression

by R. Penfold-Mounce


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In the 21st century celebrities and celebrity culture thrives. This book explores the much noted but little analyzed relationship between celebrity and crime. Criminals who become celebrities and celebrities who become criminals are examined, drawing on Foucault's theory of governance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230224681
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/20/2010
Series: Cultural Criminology
Edition description: 2009
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

RUTH PENFOLD-MOUNCE is Lecturer in Criminology, University of York, UK. Her research interests include celebrity in relation to gossip, crime, victimization, consumerism and medicine as well as criminological theory, fascination and spectacle.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction: Cultural Criminology and the Joy of Transgression 1

1 Celebrity, Fame and Culture 12

2 The Culture Industry and Foucauldian Governmentality 38

3 Resonance and Celebrated Criminality 63

4 Celebrated Criminality and Governance 94

5 The Undermining of Celebrated Criminality 114

6 The Evolution of Celebrated Criminality 140

Conclusion: Celebrating Crime in a Celebrity Culture 178

Bibliography 184

Index 193

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