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By Nicole Rafter, Michelle Brown

From a glance at classics like Psycho and Double Indemnity to fresh motion pictures like site visitors and Thelma & Louise, Nicole Rafter and Michelle Brown exhibit that criminological thought is produced not just within the academy, via scholarly learn, but additionally in pop culture, via film. Criminology is going to the Movies connects with ways that scholars are already pondering criminologically via engagements with pop culture, encouraging them to take advantage of the typical international as a automobile for theorizing and figuring out either crime and perceptions of illegal activity. the 1st paintings to deliver a scientific and complicated criminological viewpoint to endure on crime motion pictures, Rafter and Brown’s e-book presents a clean approach of cinema, utilizing the recommendations and analytical instruments of criminology to discover formerly not noted meanings in movie, finally making the learn of criminological concept extra enticing and powerful for college students whereas concurrently demonstrating how theories of crime move in our mass-mediated worlds. the result's an illuminating new method of seeing videos and a pleasant method of studying approximately criminology. 

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Lombroso was impressed by Darwin’s theory, for it seemed to explain why criminals resembled throwbacks to an earlier evolutionary stage—apparently they had not yet evolved from a primitive to a more civilized state. However, at the time, Darwin’s theory was less popular than another explanation of natural change: degeneration theory, according to which criminals, together with other socially problematic groups, are degenerates, people who are evolving backward or devolving, losing their normal mental and physical health.

From the start, characters in The Bad Seed refer to someone named Bessie Denker, “the most amazing woman in all the annals of homicide,” as one describes her. “She was beautiful, she had brains, but she was ruthless,” a born killer. In the course of the film Rhoda’s mother discovers that she herself is the daughter of Bessie Denker. The bad seed must have skipped a generation, since the mother is the opposite of her daughter, but clearly it has taken root in Rhoda. Fortunately for all, Rhoda is finally struck down by lightning, thus terminating her line of bad genes.

15 In rational choice theories, the everyday world is a place in which the tug of wrongdoing is ever-present, with individuals purposefully choosing to break the law to further their own self-interests. Such decisions are darkly apparent as Neff and Dietrichson take steps to enact their murder plan. Neff and Phyllis Dietrichson arrange for her husband to sign unwittingly his own accident policy. They make sure his daughter is present to witness the signing. They phone one another only from phone booths and meet only in public spaces such as a busy supermarket.

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