Criminology Goes to the Movies: Crime Theory and Popular Culture
Author info: Assistant Professor of Sociology
Publication Date: September 2011
Publisher: New York University Press
Synopsis: From a look at classics like Psycho and Double Indemnity to recent films like Traffic and Thelma & Louise, the authors show that criminological theory is produced not only in the academy, through scholarly research, but also in popular culture, through film. This book 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, the 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.