Blood, Guns, and Testosterone

Blood, Guns, and Testosterone

Action Films, Audiences, and A Thirst for Violence

Book - 2010
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Donovan (communication, Saint Peter's College, New Jersey) draws on interviews to explore how male and female fans view the genre of male action/adventure films and to provide insight on the socialization process that draws people to the action film. Men and women explain their personal values in relation to action films, bolstering the argument that media violence must be analyzed within a moral context. Two chapters are devoted to men talking about the crisis of masculinity as reflected in the action film. Other chapters look at attitudes and preferences of female action fans, and attitudes of male and female fans to different types and contexts of onscreen violence. The book is of interest to fans of the genre and to scholars of film, history, poplar culture, gender studies, and audience research. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Rowman and Littllefield
Blood, Guns, and Testosterone: Action Films, Audiences, and a Thirst for Violence is a study of the modern action film as a symbolic art of masculinity and a study of this genre's fans who discuss the functions film violence fulfills in their lives. Far from causing real life violence, the book demonstrates that entertainment violence has important social, political, and psychological roles in modern society.

Publisher: Lanham : Scarecrow Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780810872622
Characteristics: xx, 259 p. ; 23 cm


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