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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Underbelly, True Crime and the Cultural Economy of Infamy
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'By putting the vocabulary of aspiration in the mouths of criminals, and by situating them in the suburbs, Underbelly suggests that ruthless, murderous competition may not be incompatible with the Australian Dream. Exposing a generation's denial of the criminal elements behind ecstasy's fetishized status, it problematizes celebratory accounts of club culture, and suggests dark externalities for the 'night-time economy' of our inner cities. As well as connecting country, suburb and city in repressed criminality, by virtue of its casting choices at the very least, the series blurs the lines between ordinariness, celebrity and infamy. It is in these unresolved tensions that Underbelly constitutes a televisual history of Australia's present that countervails the official pieties of the ordinary that characterized the Howard years.'(Author's abstract)

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411 - 427 Underbelly, True Crime and the Cultural Economy of Infamysmall AustLit logo Continuum : Journal of Media & Cultural Studies
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  • Underbelly Greg Haddrick , Peter Gawler , Felicity Packard , 2008 series - publisher film/TV
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