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American Studies Today Online, Volume 20, 2013, ISSN 2044-804X

'Sometimes forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest, doesn't it?' Breaking Bad: the transgressive journey of Walter White

by Hazel Work (lecturer in sociology at the University of Abertay)

Hazel Work addresses some of the key moments in the first two seasons of Breaking Bad (2008-2013). The paper utilises the concept of the liminal subject to address the ways in which protagonist Walter White's actions disrupt and trouble the boundaries between criminal and conforming behaviour; in so doing, the paper suggests that the series' narrative framework orients viewers' attention toward a sociological, rather than a populist understanding of crime and deviance.
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