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Grand Theft Auto, Social Representations in

  • By: Nicholas David Bowman
  • In: Encyclopedia of Media Violence
  • Edited by: Matthew S. Eastin
  • Subject:Mass Communication, Aggression & Violence, Violence & Society

Although the popular video game franchise Grand Theft Auto is often maligned for using violent criminal activity as the focal point of game play, a deeper look into the game shows a narrative in which humor and entertainment are derived from the derision of minorities and women, and a general satirical look at crime as a central part of urban spaces. Although the goal in creating this content is likely social commentary rather than bigotry, the presence of such bigotry has been a cause for concern for scholars and public figures sensitive to the franchise’s immense popularity—selling 124 million copies since its release in October 2007. This entry focuses on minority portrayals, misogynistic themes, and the gritty portrayal of urban life in Grand Theft Auto ...

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