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Dimitris Akrivos and Alexandros K. Antoniou (eds). 2019. Crime, Deviances and Popular Culture: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. 343 Pages. ISBN: 978-3030049119.
Akrivos and Antoniou’s edited volume adopts a multidisciplinary approach that offers a snapshot of the dynamic, ever-evolving landscape of popular media and representations of deviance and crime in the twenty-first century. The collection of media chosen by the book’s contributors is admirably broad. Using a gamut of texts that range from fictional television shows to true crime memoirs to artefacts of the everyday such graffiti and sports, the collection negotiates the legal anxieties pressed into pop culture form. Separated into five thematic parts, the book explores concepts such as the representation of legal actors in crime fiction such as Sherlock and Elementary, the growing participatory nature of true crime narratives through social media, as well as the failure of television...