How are social actors represented within the ‘Jimmy Savile scandal’?

Parsons, Charlotte (2014) How are social actors represented within the ‘Jimmy Savile scandal’? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Drawing on tools from Systemic Function Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis this study analyses the representation of Jimmy Savile, the police, the BBC and his victims within the ‘Jimmy Savile scandal’. Focusing on the headlines of The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The
    Guardian over a one year period, this study analyses naming strategies as suggested by Van Leeuwen (2008) as well as transitivity.
    The findings demonstrate how the involvement of Savile and the BBC have created a story more newsworthy than that of ordinary sex crime. The victims have been represented in relation to Savile and conform to stereotyped beliefs of rape, allowing Savile to be named directly as an attacker. The police, although to blame for some of the events, have been de‐emphasised and protected within the news stories demonstrating their relationship to the media. Whereas, the BBC was the most frequently mentioned within the headlines highlighting their involvement within the scandal and newsworthiness.
    Overall, this study demonstrates the power of the producers when forming representations of social actors as well as the pre‐existing beliefs of the reader allowing them power to form their own viewpoint.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 11:46
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:45

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