The paedophile as a social construct, and the effect this has on society

Rowe, Samantha Jade (2012) The paedophile as a social construct, and the effect this has on society. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation examines the role of the media in the social construction of the paedophile. The media should fulfil its role by providing a reliable source of information to the public. However it demonstrates otherwise, by presenting us with manipulated and selected information. This essay looks at the 'Naming and Shaming' campaign by the News of the World in 2000, following the death of death of Sarah Payne. Next, examining the events of the anti-paedophile demonstrations in Paulsgrove that were to follow. It will attempt to identify the true events of the demonstrations, in contrast to the way in which the media chose to represent it. Stereotypes are fundamental to these representations, and so, the essay will attempt to recognize how the stereotype is both created and understood.
    The underlying aim of this dissertation is to understand the reasoning's behind the creation of the 'paedophile', with specific regard to the impact this has on society.

    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 11:44
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32

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