Neo-Authoritarian Masculinity in Brazilian Crime Film (Reframing Media) (Hardcover)

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Neo-Authoritarian Masculinity in Brazilian Crime Film (Reframing Media) (Hardcover)


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An incisive analysis of contemporary crime film in Brazil, this book focuses on how movies in this genre represent masculinity and how their messages connect to twenty-first-century sociopolitical issues. Jeremy Lehnen argues that these films promote an agenda in support of the nation's recent swing toward authoritarianism that culminated in the 2018 election of far-right president Jair Bolsonaro.

Lehnen examines the integral role of masculinity in several archetypal crime films, most of which foreground urban violence, including Cidade de Deus, Quase Dois Irm os, Tropa de Elite, O Homem do Ano, and O Doutrinador. Within these films, Lehnen finds representations that criminalize the poor, marginalized male; emasculate the civilian middle-class male intellectual, casting him as unable to respond to crime; and portray state security as the only power able to stem increasing crime rates.

Drawing on insights from masculinity studies, Lehnen contends that Brazilian crime films are ideologically charged mediums that assert and normalize the presence of the neo-authoritarian male within society. This book demonstrates how gendered scripts can become widely accepted by audiences and contribute to very real power structures beyond the sphere of cinema.

A volume in the series Reframing Media, Technology, and Culture in Latin/o America, edited by H ctor Fern ndez L'Hoeste and Juan Carlos Rodr guez

Publication of this work made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Product Details ISBN: 9781683402541
ISBN-10: 1683402545
Publisher: University of Florida Press
Publication Date: February 8th, 2022
Pages: 268
Language: English
Series: Reframing Media