Sociology 2266A/B Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Psychopathology, The Stereotypes, Crime Comics

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A brief history of crime-and-justice media (surette, 2015) Perspectives on media and crime: a brief overview. The production of news: crime is newsworthy, often a central component of entertainment, crime waves definition and consequences. Framing: how the media report on a given topic defines problems, diagnoses causes, makes moral judgement and suggests remedies. Thematic representation: episodic format: highlight a singular incident treats stories as individual, discrete events, thematic format: provides context; highlights trends, persistent problems, or other systemic phenomena; considers a set of problems and looks at social forces. Analysing media content: quantitative, what is selected, manifest content: visible and on the surface, qualitative, what is made salient, latent content: deeper and symbolic. In media portrayals, the ideal victim intersects with values surrounding race, religion, gender, age, and other social characteristics. Police and media: the good guys representation, cops tv example.

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