The rise of mobile and social media means that everyday crime news is now more immediate, more visual, and more democratically produced than ever. Offering new and innovative ways of understanding the relationship between media and crime, Media and Crime in the U.S. critically examines the influence of media coverage of crimes on culture and identity in the United States and across the globe. With comprehensive coverage of the theories, research, and key issues, acclaimed author Yvonne Jewkes and award-winning professor Travis Linnemann have come together to shed light on some of the most troubling questions surrounding media and crime today. The free open-access Student Study site at features web quizzes, web resources, and more. Instructors, sign in at for additional resources!

Crime Movies and Prison Films

Crime Movies and Prison Films

Crime Movies and Prison Films


Chapter 7 provides:

  • A consideration of the enduring appeal of crime movies.
  • A discussion of some of the most popular crime film genres, including cop films, private eye movies, the Western, pirate films, gangster movies, and the gritty British crime film.
  • An analysis of some of the main themes that commonly emerge within these genres, with a particular focus on the various forms of masculinity represented in crime movies.
  • A discussion of the prison in cinema, its role as allegory, and its relationship to penal reform.
  • A consideration of the documentary film.
  • An exploration of what “remakes” of classic crime films can tell us about changing cultural attitudes toward crime and justice, using The Taking of Pelham 123 as a case ...
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