"Breaking Bad" Contracts: Bargaining for Masculinity in Popular Culture
William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law
This Article examines the award-winning television show, Breaking Bad, to illustrate how the idea of a contract in popular culture can become inflected with a style of retrograde masculinity. Deals in Breaking Bad take place in the classic contract imaginary, which resembles the classic Western shootout: two antagonists face each other down in a duel. The show interrogates the frontier thesis, with its links to the American Dream and dangerous masculinities, through the ruthless contracts of Walter White.
Lenora Ledwon, Breaking Bad Contracts: Bargaining for Masculinity in Popular Culture, 23 WM. & MARY J. WOMEN & L. 397 (2017).