Television drama and the urban diegesis: portraying Albuquerque in Breaking Bad

Cook, Ian and Ashutosh, Ishan (2018) Television drama and the urban diegesis: portraying Albuquerque in Breaking Bad. Urban Geography, 39 (5). pp. 746-762. ISSN 0272-3638

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Albuquerque, New Mexico is the filming location and setting of the popular television drama Breaking Bad (2008-2013). Albuquerque is not merely a passive backdrop to the action in the show but a focal point of the series. So much so that in the geographical imaginations of many, Albuquerque and Breaking Bad have become synonymous with each other. This paper critically examines the representation of urban life within the show. To do this it draws upon and expands the existing multi-disciplinary literature on cities and films/television. As well as focusing on the influence of setting and filming the show in Albuquerque on the urban diegesis (i.e. the on-screen city), it also examines three visions of Albuquerque that are projected through the show: (1) Albuquerque as a crime-ridden city; (2) Albuquerque as a spatially divided city; and (3) Albuquerque as a city to escape from.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Television drama, urban diegesis, crime, suburbia, Albuquerque
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
P300 Media studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2018 11:24
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 10:45

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