In the Cultural Criminology Hall of Mirrors

  • Oriana Binik


This chapter presents the methodology I used for the research, which can be traced to cultural criminology. I used Griswold’s cultural diamond to present a model that connects the interactionist analysis of the sublime (Chapter  2) with the structures considered in Chapter  3 (the double metaphor of the carnival of crime). The premise is that emotions can be considered from a cultural perspective—in particular with Arlie Hochschild’s—and that qualitative techniques (interviews, content analysis, instant ethnography) are the best ways of exploring the four cases considered. The case studies are envisaged as a continuum: from practices considered legitimate, such as watching a true-crime television show, to the extreme of fanaticism for Anders Breivik, the perpetrator of a massacre. The chapter is enriched with excerpts from interviews or content analysis and images.


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

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