Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Justice looks down on female victims or favors the bold: An ideological reading of select contemporary American films
by Garcia, Ashley D., M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2015, 164; 1594005
Abstract (Summary)

The themes of crime and justice have captured the attention of Americans for decades. These themes are frequently portrayed in Hollywood films. While these stories capture the attention of Americans, both young and old, they propagate messages about what justice is, how it should be accomplished, who should serve it, and who is worthy to receive it. These messages have important implications for how Americans come to understand the American criminal justice system and its procedures. Reflective of lived experience, films about crime and justice have often drawn upon the victimization of women as an exigency for telling tales about justice as related to females. The Bounty Hunter (2010), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Les Misérables (2012), and Safe Haven (2013) are analyzed using ideological criticism to reveal their ideological constructions of justice for women, what subject positions these films interpellate female audience members into, and how women, as interpellated by these ideologies, should engage in the criminal justice system.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Foster, Daniel L., Short, Brant
Commitee: Torn, Jon
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: School of Communication
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Communication, Film studies
Keywords: Ideological criticism, Justice, Les miserables, Safe haven, The bounty hunter, The girl with the dragon tattoo
Publication Number: 1594005
ISBN: 978-1-321-90718-6
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