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NCJ Number: 118794 Find in a Library
Title: "Join Our War": The Construction of Ideology in a Newspaper Crimefighting Campaign
Journal: Crime & Delinquency  Volume:35  Issue:3  Dated:special issue (July 1989)  Pages:421-436
Author(s): S M Gorelick
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: American Soc of Criminology
Columbus, OH 43212
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An analysis of the content, language, and ideology of the 1982 New York Daily News Crimefighters Campaign was performed.
Abstract: It is concluded that the Campaign -- molded as it was with apocalyptic language suggesting a society terminally ill with crime -- presented the issue of crimefighting in a way that excluded any purposive, social policies from the range of acceptable remedies for crime. Instead, the Campaign depicted a world in which unpredictability and randomness dictated violent individual measures to protect one's self and property. While announced to "stem the awful tide of crime," the Campaign actually implied the contradictory message that crime is beyond any remedy. 31 references, 2 tables. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Crime Control Programs
Index Term(s): Community action programs; Community crime prevention programs; Media coverage
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