Tabloid reportage of sex crime: a critical analysis

Corcoran, Kirsty (2012) Tabloid reportage of sex crime: a critical analysis. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation aims to critically examine the way that the British tabloid press represents women involved in sexual assault and as victims of criminal attacks. Rape and sexual assault is reported in specific ways, which has certain consequences on the image of the female gender and the ideology surrounding them. This dissertation will explore and prove that there is biased reporting against women, using already established academic discourse and case analysis to support the claims made. It will also focus on two key ideas; representation and ideology, and the factors that determine these in conjunction to women. Chapter One examines the role of the journalist and the workings of a newsroom, more specifically news values and what constitutes a ‘newsworthy story’. It will set out to prove that news values determine the types of stories printed, and use critical academic approaches to gender, bias and institutional hierarchies to support this. Chapter Two will explore the preconceptions and myths that surround rape cases and trials. It will focus on women and the stereotypes that the media creates, with examples and theory to securely present ideas of female stereotyping and crime. Finally, Chapter Three will draw together the arguments presented in the previous chapters, with content analysis and detailed discourse analysis of specific articles. This final chapter will provide all of the primary evidence needed to fully illustrate the aim of this dissertation. From the linguistics to the amount of content, the analysis sets out to substantiate all of the assumptions and statements made about women, crime and representation. This dissertation concludes that the media is rife with preconceptions, and strongly justifies and supports stereotypes of women as victims of sexual attacks, with negative connotations and reactions whether, openly or covertly emphasised.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2014 11:26
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32

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