Abject jurisdictions : CSI: Miami, globalisation and the body politic

West, Patrick 2008, Abject jurisdictions : CSI: Miami, globalisation and the body politic, Critical studies in television : scholarly studies in small screen fictions, vol. 3, no. 1, Spring, pp. 60-75.

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Title Abject jurisdictions : CSI: Miami, globalisation and the body politic
Author(s) West, Patrick
Journal name Critical studies in television : scholarly studies in small screen fictions
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Season Spring
Start page 60
End page 75
Publisher Manchester University Press
Place of publication Manchester, England
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1749-6020
1749-6039
Summary This article argues that CSI: Miami disseminates two versions of politics, one of which replicates the conservative suppression of political debate in America post 9/11, and the other being founded in an understanding of the body as transgressive site of political activism. This second version of politics emerges out of Julia Kristeva's theory of abjection as a confusion of borders, which unsettles equally the discreteness of identity and the sense of order that subtends conservative politics. CSI: Miami can be multiply interrogated employing Kristeva's theory because the city it portrays, as well as the bodies inhabiting it, are both natured by an abject problematisation of borders. This paper explores the specifics of the portrayal of bodies in CSI: Miami, to suggest that abjection operates at the level both of discrete bodies and of the social domain of globalisation. In CSI: Miami, the political body becomes the body politic.
Language eng
Field of Research 209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019888

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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