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Detecting the Social

Order and Disorder in Post-1970s Detective Fiction

  • Mary Evans
  • Sarah Moore
  • Hazel Johnstone

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Mary Evans, Sarah Moore, Hazel Johnstone
    Pages 1-25
  3. Mary Evans, Sarah Moore, Hazel Johnstone
    Pages 27-60
  4. Mary Evans, Sarah Moore, Hazel Johnstone
    Pages 61-94
  5. Mary Evans, Sarah Moore, Hazel Johnstone
    Pages 95-122
  6. Mary Evans, Sarah Moore, Hazel Johnstone
    Pages 123-147
  7. Mary Evans, Sarah Moore, Hazel Johnstone
    Pages 149-165
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 167-196

About this book

Introduction

This book analyses the ways in which twenty-first century detective fiction provides an understanding of the increasingly complex and often baffling contemporary world — and what sociology, as a discipline, can learn from it.

 

Conventional sociological accounts of fiction generally comprehend its value in terms of the ways in which it can illustrate, enlarge or help to articulate a particular social theory. Evans, Moore, and Johnstone suggest a different approach, and demonstrate that by taking a group of detective novels, we can unveil so far unidentified, but crucial, theoretical ideas about what it means to be an individual in the twenty-first century. 

 

More specifically, the authors argue that detective fiction of the last forty years illuminates the effects of urban isolation and separation, the invisibility of institutional power, financial insecurity, and the failure of public authorities to protect people. In doing so, this body of fiction traces out the fault-lines in our social arrangements, rehearses our collective fears, and captures a mood of restless disquiet. By engaging with detective stories in this way, the book revisits ideas about the promise and purpose of sociology.​


Keywords

Detective Fiction Nordic Noir Sociology of literature Sociology of the arts Scandinavia Scottish fiction Crime fIction

Authors and affiliations

  • Mary Evans
    • 1
  • Sarah Moore
    • 2
  • Hazel Johnstone
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Gender StudiesLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Social & Policy SciencesUniversity of Bath BathUK
  3. 3.Department of Gender Studies London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94520-0
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-94519-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-94520-0
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