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NCJ Number: 157174 Find in a Library
Title: Media Constructions of Crime
Journal: Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science  Volume:539  Dated:(May 1995)  Pages:141-154
Author(s): V F Sacco
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 14
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The news media play a vital role in the process by which individual citizens' personal troubles with crime, either as victims or offenders, are transformed into public issues.
Abstract: This process occurs as personal experiences are screened through a law enforcement filter, contextualized by advocacy claims and culturally resonant news themes, and shaped by the conventions and requirements of commercial media. While news media may not have a powerful influence on the concern for personal safety, they do exert broadly ideological effects. The author notes that some critics of media coverage contend that the police perspective implicit in crime reporting dramatically restricts the parameters of discussion about the problem of crime, thereby ignoring the broader social forces the underlie crime patterns. As a result, traditional law enforcement responses are affirmed as the most efficient way to manage crime problems and the need to search for alternative ways of thinking about solutions to crime is minimized. 61 notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Media coverage; Public Opinion of Crime; Victims of Crime
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