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The Spectacle of Fearsome Acts: Crime in the Melting Pot of Gangs of New York

Tzanelli, R, O'Brien, M, Yar, M and Penna, S (2005) The Spectacle of Fearsome Acts: Crime in the Melting Pot of Gangs of New York. Critical Criminology, 13 (1). 17 - 35 . ISSN 1205-8629


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 critical (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
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: 02 Dec 2011 10:16
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:49
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10612-004-6111-9
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer
Identification Number: 10.1007/s10612-004-6111-9
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43401

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