© 2009

Celebrity Culture and Crime

The Joy of Transgression


Part of the Cultural Criminology book series (CUC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Ruth Penfold-Mounce
    Pages 12-37
  3. Ruth Penfold-Mounce
    Pages 63-93
  4. Ruth Penfold-Mounce
    Pages 94-113
  5. Ruth Penfold-Mounce
    Pages 114-139
  6. Ruth Penfold-Mounce
    Pages 140-177
  7. Ruth Penfold-Mounce
    Pages 178-183
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 184-196

About this book


In the 21st century celebrities and celebrity culture thrives. This book explores the much noted but little analyzed relationship between celebrity and crime. Criminals who become celebrities and celebrities who become criminals are examined, drawing on Foucault's theory of governance.


crime criminology culture evolution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of YorkUK

About the authors

RUTH PENFOLD-MOUNCE is Lecturer in Criminology, University of York, UK. Her research interests include celebrity in relation to gossip, crime, victimization, consumerism and medicine as well as criminological theory, fascination and spectacle.

Bibliographic information


'By bringing the study of celebrity and criminality together and highlighting the many forms of interconnections between them, the book elucidates our often fractious engagement and fascination with both can only hope that Penfold-Mounce's book will serve as a valuable prompt for further scholarship on this enormously rich topic.' - Crime, Media, Culture