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'Con me if you can': Exploring crime in the American cinematic imagination

Tzanelli, R, Yar, M and O'Brien, M (2005) 'Con me if you can': Exploring crime in the American cinematic imagination. Theoretical Criminology: an international journal, 9 (1). 97 - 117 . ISSN 1362-4806


This article deals with current re-dramatizations of crime and popular criminologies. It analyses key elements of the popular criminological imaginaries underpinning a recent and highly successful film-Catch Me If You Can-in order to tease out the discursive, mythical and fabulist techniques by which it communicates particular imaginations of crime. Additionally, the article offers some conceptual and analytical anchors for interpreting filmwork so that other popular representations might be more easily situated within criminological analysis. We argue that popular media portrayals of crime are highly effective in sustaining particular conceptions of the interaction between crime and wider social conditions, and we explore four layers of discursive work through which this film communicates the causes and consequences of criminal behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: confidence crime, film, gender, representation, youth
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2011 16:19
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:49
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1362480605048945
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage Publications
Identification Number: 10.1177/1362480605048945
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43398

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