Life-course theory and romance

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Humby, Lauren. 2020. "Life-course theory and romance." Daly, Sarah E. (ed.) Theories of crime through popular culture. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 159-171
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Life-course theory and romance

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleTheories of crime through popular culture
AuthorHumby, Lauren
EditorsDaly, Sarah E.
Page Range159-171
Chapter Number12
Number of Pages13
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
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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.

Keywordslife-course theory, criminology, crime in popular culture, crime and the media
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020360501. Cinema studies
470107. Media studies
440205. Criminological theories
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Law and Justice
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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