The Wire as Social Science-fiction?

Penfold-Mounce, Ruth; Beer, David and Burrows, Roger. 2011. The Wire as Social Science-fiction? Sociology, 45(1), pp. 152-167. ISSN 0038-0385 [Article]

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This article examines the HBO television series The Wire as an example of a popular cultural form that stimulates the sociological imagination. It provides some examples of how it functions to do this. A brief case study of one character — ‘Snoop’ — is examined to illustrate a set of more general observations. It is suggested that The Wire, although still containing strong narrative elements, provides an intriguing popular cultural example of what Andrew Abbott has recently called a ‘lyrical sociology’.

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02 Apr 2012 14:51

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