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 crFrom 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. ...
|Title||:||criminology goes to the movies crime theory and popular culture|
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|Number of Pages||:||236 Pages|
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criminology goes to the movies crime theory and popular culture Reviews
EDIT 27/12: I have now watched each movie out of this book with the said book in my hands, it is a real eyeopening experience. I highly recommend this book, but also doing the movie-book marathon to complete the effect.Criminology Goes to the Movies: Crime Theory and Popular Culture is a work right up on my alley as it does mix two of my all time favorite fields: academic criminology and movies. This concept is not unfamiliar to me, on the contrary. For a few years now I have been heavily considering changes in my professional life, and I have been drawn into criminal psychology, which has lead me taking a lot of criminology and criminological psychology oriented academic courses that give me legit credits if I ever fully decide this to be something I am willing to do the rest of my life. These decisions are not always easy, and require certain sacrifices in personal as in professional life as well.That said, as much as my courses are academically oriented, not all of them are shying away from the perspective of popular criminology, which tackles through theories with a help of popular culture such as movies, books, media and music. This doesn't mean that popular culture can do and show everything academic criminology can nor does it mean academic criminology could not benefit from the perspective of the popular culture, but they can walk hand in hand, very peacefully and very much lovingly. Popular culture often shows, knowingly or unknowingly, these theories in action, they show criminal and moral trends, they shape how population sees criminals such as serial killers and child molesters, and what is the populations relation towards law-enforcement, police and what is the populations opinion towards specific fields such a profiling (those profilers are cool, right?).Criminology Goes to the Movies acknowledges how academic theories may be hard to fully internalize because they are often hard to visualize, which is why movies are extremely good way to show how certain theories manifest themselves as much as movies can strengthen or weaken theories perspective and their reality. Some of the theories tackled through in this volume are rational choice theory, social disorganization theory, strain theory, social learning theory, social control theory, labeling theory and theory of biology, genetics and evolution which are mirrored against movies such as Traffic and Psycho. Each movie is chosen by their popularity and award credits, which gives some warranty of them being good enough to watch and easily available to everyone, they all show certain theory in perfect motion, and each of them lack completely fulfilling and simple resolution. Many other movies are often referred and discussed of, which makes this an excellent reference source middle of the heavy theorizing. Academically and satisfyingly written, a book to everyone who desires to learn heavily but entertaining ways, a book that is build with independent chapters, which makes it possible to read through your own choice of interest without missing something essential or importantly connecting. But most importantly, it teaches you that every time you pick up a true crime book, every time you watch or read something "yous should not" because it is seen as controversial or disturbing, you are just a amateur doing popular criminology, learning theories, understanding humanity, and building yourself a knowledge that some actually do for a living and get paid for. Talking about cool, right.
A very clever method of understanding theory, and how our media portrays different criminological perspectives. A good reference for anyone interested in crime media or looking for a way to unpack theory.