Life-course theory and romance

Humby, Lauren (2020) Life-course theory and romance. In: Theories of crime through popular culture. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 159-171. ISBN 978-3-030-54433-1


Idealistic heteronormative notions of love, romance, and relationships dominate movie narratives. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl live happily ever after. While this may appear harmless, these films have the potential to deliver powerful rhetoric messages that lead viewers to adopt unhealthy and unrealistic ideas of love and romance. Films depicting love between a sweet, naïve, and innocent heroine and the mysterious, deviant bad boy have been labelled particularly harmful. These movies follow a reverse Cinderella narrative in which the quintessential, criminally inclined bad boy transforms into a law-abiding citizen after he falls in love with the heroine. Since hetereo-romantic love is the principal storyline in many of these movies, it is often cited as the reason for the fate bad boy's transformation. While these movies may cultivate and reinforce toxic ideas about love and relationships, this may not be due to a film's misrepresentation, but rather a lack of consideration regarding life-course criminology and desistance.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2021 05:09
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2021 05:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: life-course theory, criminology, crime in popular culture, crime and the media
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190204 Film and Television
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160204 Criminological Theories
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3605 Screen and digital media > 360501 Cinema studies
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440205 Criminological theories
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