Policing the World on Screen

American Mythologies and Hollywood's Rogue Crimefighters

  • Marilyn Yaquinto

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 259-311

About this book


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. 


Hollywood crimefighter hero superhero white male trope film

Authors and affiliations

  • Marilyn Yaquinto
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  1. 1.School of Social and Cultural StudiesTruman State UniversityKirksvilleUSA

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