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Rebecca Feasey

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627974

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627974.001.0001

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Police and crime drama: investigating male authority

Police and crime drama: investigating male authority

(p.80) 8. Police and crime drama: investigating male authority
Masculinity and Popular Television

Rebecca Feasey

Edinburgh University Press

The police and crime drama genre is one of the most masculine on television because it tends to focus on the public sphere, professional role and the male world of work, and is also one of the most tired and passé representations of hegemonic masculinity on the small screen. Moreover, it is a genre that has produced some of the most tormented and troubled images of the male on contemporary television. This chapter examines the depiction of the television cop from the 1950s constable to the present day counter-terrorist officer. Attention is directed towards the ways in which the structuring of shows such as 24 and Spooks negotiates success in the private realm for victory in the professional sphere. The chapter also examines a range of British and American cop shows, although both exhibit similar key themes, narrative arcs or central characters.

Keywords:   police drama, crime drama, masculinity, television cop, 24, Spooks, cop shows

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