Masculinity and heroism in the hollywood 'blockbuste: The culture industry and contemporary images qf crime and law eriforcement

Richard Sparks*

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Abstract

This article considers the connections between masculinity and heroic agency in certain versions of popularfilm. It proposes that how films dignify and celebrate the suffering and striving of their leading men may be quite centrally indicative of durable sensibilities regarding the qualities and virtues seen as defining manliness; and, moreover, that some of the more drastic reaffirmations of rugged masculinity in recentfilms starring Schwarzennegger, Stallone, and others are in reaction against instabilities in current notions of masculine gender identities. It is in suck aspects of representation, and in what they suggest about the appeal of such films to their audiences, that we should now locate discussions of the social influences of screen 'violence'.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrime, Criminal Justice and Masculinities
EditorsStephen Tomsen
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Pages249-261
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351570671
ISBN (Print)9780754627401
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2017

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