Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Filthiest People Alive: Productions of Urban Spaces and Populations in the Films of John Waters
by Everette, Dennis Wayne, M.A., Miami University, 2011, 80; 10817902
Abstract (Summary)

Within society, a variety of attitudes concerning urbanized spaces exists. Some people adore cities while others detest them. More specifically, there is often a fear of those that dwell in the city. These perceptions are based on difference of class, race, sexuality, or deviance from the constructed social norm. The portrayal of cities in film, both negatively and positively, is a well-established trend. This thesis offers insight into perceptions of the city, its spaces and culture, by bringing together processes of othering, abjection, socio-spatial exclusion, and territoriality to try to explain fear and apprehension of urban space. Cinematic film is a valuable source of geographic knowledge, and John Waters’ work speaks to urban spaces and inhabitants deemed undesirable by the hegemonic groups in society. This thesis elucidates his production of the city; his films depict his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland as a refuge of delinquents, miscreants, and perverts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: England, Marcia
Commitee: D'Arcus, Bruce, Ornelas, Roxanne
School: Miami University
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American studies, Geography, Film studies
Keywords: Abjection, Filmic geography, Identity, Media representation, Othering, Urban, Waters, John
Publication Number: 10817902
ISBN: 9780355844832
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