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The spectacle of fearsome acts: crime in the melting p(l)ot of Gangs of New York.

O'Brien, Martin and Tzanelli, Rodanthi and Yar, Majid and Penna, Sue E. (2005) The spectacle of fearsome acts: crime in the melting p(l)ot of Gangs of New York. Critical Criminology, 13 (1). pp. 17-35. ISSN 1205-8629

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Abstract

This paper explores the multi-layered representations of violence and crime in the recent Hollywood film Gangs of New York [Scorcese (2003) Miramax]. We use our exploration of this film to suggest that popular culture, even through its most mainstream products, can be seen as a critical criminological space where alternative views of law, crime and the state are made available. Rather than understanding Hollywood movies simply as vehicles for disseminating conventional mores, we suggest that they can furnish ritical (and complex) points of view on law and crime and that the project of a critical criminology can be strengthened by engaging more forthrightly with these ubiquitous cultural forms.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Critical Criminology
Additional Information: 25% contribution RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 3263
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2008 11:03
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:13
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3263

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