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Cultura y representaciones sociales

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Abstract

MALTZ, Hernán. Crime Fiction and Sociology of Crime. Cultura representaciones soc [online]. 2019, vol.13, n.26, pp.373-387. ISSN 2007-8110.  http://dx.doi.org/10.28965/2019-26-13.

In this text, I suggest an interpretation of crime fiction as a discursive matrix that, although containing critical potential, cannot be claimed as sociological criticism of the transgressions and punishments of social order. In the tension between its critical power and its nature as a product of the cultural industry, I consider that the tendency (on the part of critics and writers) to value the critical aspect of the genre relegates the fact that, concurrently, it constitutes a cultural good of ordinary consumerism in the daily life of the capitalist social order.

Keywords : Crime Fiction; Sociology of Crime.

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