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The Fascination with Violence in Contemporary Society

When Crime is Sublime

Authors: Binik, Oriana

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  • Explores a rich variety of cases studies that cluster around the guiding theme of the sublime
  • Fills a gap in the cultural criminology literature
  • Crosses over into psychoanalysis and trauma studies
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This book directly explores the question of why contemporary society is so fascinated with violence and crime. The Fascination with Violence in Contemporary Society posits that the phenomenon is, in part, because we have all become consumers of the sublime: an intense and strongly ambiguous emotion which is increasingly commodified. Through the experience of violence and the sense of disorientation that accompanies it, we obsessively seek out moments of intensified existence. Equally, crime continues to speak to the depths of the collective unconscious, questioning us about our transience and the model of society we wish to live in. Binik proposes that this is why the reaction to violence has become a tool with which to express and take ownership of a desire for social cohesion. 
This book uses interviews with viewers, dark tourists, collectors and others to further interrogate this social trend. Many of these are participants in the four key case studies explored within the study: emotional pathways while watching a true-crime TV series, the trend of dark tourism, murderabilia collecting and the fanaticism of (and for) Anders Breivik. This book seeks to answer one of the most pressing cultural trends of the modern age and fill in a gap in the criminological literature on the subject. 

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Oriana Binik is a research fellow at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.

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“Let me tell you how much admiration this book arouses in me. It deals with one of the most recurrent and fundamental questions of human existence. It conducts a full-scale investigation into this question. The logic developed and the documentation provided are equally brilliant. Each sentence resonates, and this reading provides me with a formidable intellectual stimulation.This book is already taking place among the really important works I have come across. I cannot thank you enough for it” (Bernard Rimé, Professor at the University of Louvain at Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Fascination with Violence in Contemporary Society
Book Subtitle
When Crime is Sublime
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26744-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26744-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26743-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 295
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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