Popular Culture, Crime and Social Control (Sociology of by Mathieu Deflem

By Mathieu Deflem

This quantity includes contributions at the subject of pop culture, crime, and social regulate. The chapters during this quantity tease out quite a few criminologically proper matters, relating crime/deviance and/or the keep an eye on thereof, at the foundation of an research of assorted points and manifestations of pop culture, together with track, videos, tv, work, sculptures, photos, cartoons, and the internet-based audio-visual fabrics which are shortly on hand. Thematically diversified in the province of criminology, the chapters during this ebook are usually not constrained by way of theoretical method and methodological orientation. utilizing quite a few methodological and theoretical views, the quantity is diversified in addressing dimensions of pop culture when it comes to very important criminological questions.

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After the murder of the police commissioner and a judge (and the presumed death of Lt. Gordon), outraged citizens called for the Batman to submit to authorities. A. Dent, a reporter suggests that he is protecting Batman, ‘‘an outlaw vigilante,’’ rather than the lives of Gotham’s citizens. ’’ With a city under siege, the citizens want Batman out of commission. But how best to eliminate the threat and restore social order? For The Dark Knight, in a struggle against evil, the hero must operate outside the law – violating norms and values he is ultimately striving to preserve.

40 NICKIE D. PHILLIPS That the public commentary surrounding the film for the most part embraces violent, extralegal justice as a solution to inadequate law enforcement is an example of the way in which mediated images both reflect and influence popular attitudes. In a culture of fear, the messages depicted in The Dark Knight may subtly influence attitudes about what Americans will tolerate in a time of crisis or reinforce already existing retributive attitudes. Either way, the audience is confronted with what it means to be heroic in a time of crisis.

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