Comic Book Crime

Comic Book Crime

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a€œCarrying ahead the project of cultural criminology, Phillips and Strobl dare to take seriously that which amuses and entertains usa€”and to find in it the most significant of themes. Audiences, images, ideologies of justice and injusticea€”all populate the pages of Comic Book Crime. The result is an analysis as colorful as a good comic, and as sharp as the point on a superheroa€™s sword.a€a€”Jeff Ferrell, author of Empire of Scrounge Superman, Batman, Daredevil, and Wonder Woman are iconic cultural figures that embody values of order, fairness, justice, and retribution. Comic Book Crime digs deep into these and other celebrated characters, providing a comprehensive understanding of crime and justice in contemporary American comic books. This is a world where justice is delivered, where heroes save ordinary citizens from certain doom, where evil is easily identified and thwarted by powers far greater than mere mortals could possess. Nickie Phillips and Staci Strobl explore these representations and show that comic books, as a historically important American cultural medium, participate in both reflecting and shaping an American ideological identity that is often focused on ideas of the apocalypse, utopia, retribution, and nationalism. Through an analysis of approximately 200 comic books sold from 2002 to 2010, as well as several years of immersion in comic book fan culture, Phillips and Strobl reveal the kinds of themes and plots popular comics feature in a post-9/11 context. They discuss heroesa€™ calculations of a€œdeathworthiness, a€ or who should be killed in meting out justice, and how these judgments have as much to do with the heroa€™s character as they do with the actions of the villains. This fascinating volume also analyzes how class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation are used to construct difference for both the heroes and the villains in ways that are both conservative and progressive. Engaging, sharp, and insightful, Comic Book Crime is a fresh take on the very meaning of truth, justice, and the American way. Nickie D. Phillips is Associate Professor in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. Staci Strobl is Associate Professor in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In the Alternative Criminology series... where white supremacist rhetoric feminized and dehumanized black men.10 Coupled with structural inequalities, the legitimate ... over their lives through physical strength and sex appeala€” forced to use their bodies to achieve success rather than their minds. ... The lack of diverse superheroes is a reflection of the larger history of neglect of persons of color in heroic roles in mainstream popular culture.

Title:Comic Book Crime
Author:Nickie D. Phillips, Staci Strobl
Publisher:NYU Press - 2013-07-15


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