Media Influence and Public Understanding of Sexual Violence Against Children

Framing Abuse: Media Influence and Public Understanding of Sexual Violence Against Children

HV6570

2004-275917

0-7453-2331-6

Framing abuse; media influence and public understanding of sexual violence against children.

Kitzinger, Jenny.

Pluto Press, [c]2004

236 p.

$22.95 (pa)

Does the media shape our perceptions, or do they tell us what we suspect or want to hear? What effects do pressure groups have on the media? What actually happens when the media “discover” a crisis? Kitzinger (media and communication, Cardiff U.) uses sexual violence against children as a case study to examine how the media use theories of active consumption, creative identification and agenda-setting to develop controversial allegations and analogies, create empathy and a sense of place in viewers, and promote images of perpetrators and survivors. It appears that the media actually can make a difference in exposing social evils and injustice, if those concerned know how to work in partnership. Distributed in the US by the U. of Michigan Press.

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