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Crime, Deviance and Popular Culture

International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives

  • Dimitris Akrivos
  • Alexandros K. Antoniou

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture book series (PSCMC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Dimitris Akrivos, Alexandros K. Antoniou
    Pages 1-9
  3. The Twenty-First-Century Fictional Detective

  4. Negotiating Gender Expectations and Sexual Mores through Popular Culture

  5. True Crime and the Quest for Justice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
  6. Mainstreaming Deviant Subcultures

  7. Racialisation, Islamophobia and Popular Culture

About this book


This book explores the links between crime, deviance and popular culture in our highly-mediatised era, offering an insight into the cultural processes through which particular practices acquire a criminal or deviant status, and come to be seen as social problems. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, the edited collection brings together international scholars across various areas of specialisation to provide an up-to-date analysis of some important and topical issues in 21st-century popular culture. The chapters look at different aspects of popular culture, including fictional detective narratives and the true crime genre, popular media constructions of sexual deviance and Islamophobia, sports, graffiti and outlaw biker subcultures. The authors examine a wide range of relevant case studies through a number of crime and deviance-related theories. Crime, Deviance and Popular Culture will be of importance to scholars and students across several disciplines, including criminology, sociology of deviance, social anthropology, media studies, cultural studies, television studies and linguistics.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Dimitris Akrivos
    • 1
  • Alexandros K. Antoniou
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Law, Criminal Justice & ComputingCanterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUK
  2. 2.School of LawUniversity of EssexColchesterUK

About the editors

Dimitris Akrivos is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing of Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

Alexandros K. Antoniou is Lecturer in Media Law at the School of Law, University of Essex, UK.

Bibliographic information


“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.” (Ashley Pearson, Ksenia Gałuskina and Thomas Giddens, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, Vol. 32 (2), June, 2019)