Policing the World on Screen

American Mythologies and Hollywood's Rogue Crimefighters

Authors: Yaquinto, Marilyn

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  • Focuses on a recurring Hollywood narrative that showcases a rugged individual, usually a white, male with few ties to family but a profound connection to freedom
  • Looks at how and why the archetype was born and what the archetype’s endurance reveals about the American mindset, from the nation’s ascendency through its continuing struggle to remain an effective and preeminent global superpower
  • Draws attention to the mutual reinforcement of cultural products and American political discourse that either advocate or critique a similar “rogue” mentality
  • Establishes a working model that unpacks the key identity factors and moral imperative at the core of American crimefighter narratives, which will serve as an effective analytical framework to apply to future screen stories
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This book analyzes Hollywood storytelling that features an American crimefighter—whether cop, detective, or agent—who must safeguard society and the nation by any means necessary. That often means going “rogue” and breaking the rules, even deploying ugly violence, but excused as self-defense or to serve the greater good. This ends-justifies-means approach dates back to gunfighters taming the western frontier to urban cowboy cops battling urban savagery—first personified by “Dirty” Harry Callahan—and later dispatched in global interventions to vanquish threats to national security. America as the world’s “policeman often means controlling the Other at home and abroad, which also extends American hegemony from the Cold War through the War on Terror. This book also examines pioneering portrayals by males of color and female crimefighters to embody such a social or national defender, which are frustrated by their existence as threats the white knight exists to defeat. 


About the authors

Marilyn Yaquinto was an interdisciplinary professor at Truman State University and former journalist who shares in the Los Angeles Times’ Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 riots. She is also author of Pump ‘Em Full of Lead: A Look at Gangsters on Film and co-editor of books about race in media.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Policing the World on Screen
Book Subtitle
American Mythologies and Hollywood's Rogue Crimefighters
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24805-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24805-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-24804-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 311
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations
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