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NCJ Number: 168551 Find in a Library
Title: Masculinity and Heroism in the Hollywood "Blockbuster": The Culture Industry and Contemporary Images of Crime and Law Enforcement
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:36  Issue:3  Dated:special issue (1996)  Pages:348-360
Author(s): R Sparks
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 13
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article considers the connections between masculinity and heroic agency in certain versions of popular film.
Abstract: The article suggests that how films dignify and celebrate the suffering and striving of their leading men may be quite centrally indicative of durable sensibilities regarding the qualities and virtues seen as defining manliness and that some of the more drastic reaffirmations of rugged masculinity in recent films are in reaction against instabilities in current notions of masculine gender identities. It is in such aspects of representation, and what they suggest about the appeal of such films to their audiences, that one should now locate discussions of the social influences of screen violence. In addition, those who view such films could fruitfully reflect on what aspects of their own identities are satisfied or gratified by Hollywood's muscular masculinities. It is still uncertain whether such stories script the activities of individuals who take the more dangerous paths in life, who undertake violent or criminal behavior for the sheer thrill of the sensation of living intensely. References
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Behavior; Behavioral science research; Crime Causes; Macho personality; Media violence; Media-crime relationships; Psychological research; Risk taking behavior; Socially approved violence; Violence
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