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Dective tours and Russian organised crime

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 05 May 2010

Crime tours which take people to the scenes from works of detective fiction are an increasing feature of regional tourism across Europe. What draws people to the places where fictional murders were imagined to have taken place?

Laurie Taylor talks to Stijn Reijnders who has made an anthropological study of three detective tours, Wallander in Sweden, Baantjer in Holland and Morse in Oxford. The crime fictional novelist Val McDermid joins them to discuss her impression of the importance of landscape in encapsulating impressions of crime and guilt.

Also on the programme Patricia Rawlinson discusses her study of organised crime in Russia. When Soviet era economics made way for 'Shock Therapy' privatisation in the early 1990s, the resulting social chaos was blamed on organised crime. Was it to blame? And is gangsterism really so antithetical to unbridled capitalism?

Producer: Charlie Taylor.

  • Stijn Reijnders

    Stijn Reijnders, Associate Professor in Cultural Heritage at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

    Watching the Detectives: Inside the Guilty Landscapes of Inspector Morse, Baantjer and Wallander
    Stijn Reijnders
    European Journal of Communication, Vol. 24, No. 2, 165-181 (2009)
    DOI: 10.1177/0267323108101830

    Places of the imagination: an ethnography of the TV detective tour
    Stijn Reijnders
    Cultural Geographies, Vol. 17, No. 1, 37-52 (2010)
    DOI: 10.1177/1474474009349998

    Find out more about Stijn Reijnders
  • Val McDermid

    Val McDermid, Award winning author of crime fiction; her Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series was adapted for TV under the name Wire in the

    Fever of the Bone
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    ISBN-10: 1408701987
    ISBN-13: 978-1408701980

    Find out more about Val McDermid
  • Patricia Rawlinson

    Dr Patricia (Paddy) Rawlinson, Lecturer in Sociology at the London School of Economics

    From Fear to Fraternity: A Russian Tale of Crime, Economy and Modernity
    Publisher: Pluto Press
    ISBN-10: 0745318673
    ISBN-13: 978-0745318677

    Find out more about Patricia Rawlinson


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