Effervescent and Ready for Use: The Sublime and Other Emotions in the Carnival of Crime

  • Oriana Binik


Which contemporary structures underlie fascination with crime?

This chapter starts with a reflection on the contemporary sublime in art and examples from Marina Abramovic to Body World exhibition. Then, it focuses on reading the fascination with crime from a sociological perspective and centres on emotions. The central concepts are liminality and the ‘carnival of crime’, which are described as a double metaphor of ‘fascination’. On one hand, we live in an emotional capitalist society, i.e. people are continuously in search of strong emotions to consume and one of these is the sublime connected with crime. On the other hand, we need to study if and how the emotions of fascination (the ‘awe’ aspect) might be considered a form of collective effervescence capable of creating social bonds. This chapter presents these two sides of crime fascination with multiple examples from American Psycho to Burning Man.


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  • Oriana Binik
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  1. 1.University of Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly

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