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Sociology on Film
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After World War II, Hollywood’s “social problem films”—tackling topical issues that included racism, crime, mental illness, and drug abuse—were hits with critics and general moviegoers alike. Sociology on Film considers the postwar “problem film” as a form of popular sociology, translating contemporary policy debates and intellectual discussions into cinematic form. Examining the politics and aesthetics of films like Gentleman’s Agreement and The Lost Weekend, Chris Cagle explores how the genre both shaped and reflected the middle-class audience’s views of society.

Table of Contents

  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Chapter 1: Two Modes of Prestige Film
  2. pp. 19-44
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  1. Chapter 2: Hollywood as Popular Sociology
  2. pp. 45-69
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  1. Chapter 3: Hollywood and the Public Sphere
  2. pp. 70-94
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  1. Chapter 4: A Genre Out of Cycles
  2. pp. 95-125
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  1. Chapter 5: Realist Melodrama
  2. pp. 126-156
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 157-160
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 161-180
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 181-188
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  1. About the Author
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