The practice of stereotyping is also the focus of Chapter 5, which considers a cycle of films that are designed to elicit fear from media representations of the contemporary working classes. Through analysis of films in the ‘hoodie-horror’ cycle, which typically presented the youth of the white British underclass as feral and monstrous, I analyse the social context from which these films stemmed and examine how they tapped into current anxieties surrounding contemporary fears of British youth (an apparent groundswell in gang culture that culminated in the ‘August Riots’ of 2011).
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