2020 DOI: 10.33767/osf.io/6n5ay View full text Preprint
Michael Johnson

Abstract: This chapter will critically examine how poverty, race, and the political economics of the narcocapitalist society all function within the narrative world of HBO’s award-winning series, The Wire. I will analyze the series across its five seasons with a special focus on the series’ interpretation of the upwardly mobile economic aspirations of many of its characters. The Wire’s Baltimore setting also offers viewers an interpretation of a contemporary American urban metropolis populated with African American and…

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