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NCJ Number: 229755 Find in a Library
Title: Guns, Gangs, and the Underclass: A Constructionist Analysis of Gun Violence in a Toronto High School
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice  Volume:52  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:55-77
Author(s): William O'Grady; Patrick F. Parnaby; Justin Schikschneit
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 23
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article examines how the shooting death of a 15-year-old student at a high school in Toronto, Ontario, was portrayed in the local media and how this portrayal led to a misrepresentation of crime in poor communities inhabited primarily by people of color.
Abstract: Using data gathered from local press coverage, this article examines how the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Manners at a Toronto high school was framed. In particular, the authors seek to explain why the media's initial attempt to contextualize the event vis-a-vis the tragedy of past school shootings eventually gave way to an interpretive frame rooted in ideological presuppositions about Toronto's underclass. The authors argue that when the media are confronted with a "must cover" event but lack essential information, the tendency is to adopt pre-existing, consonant frameworks. The authors conclude by exploring the socio-political significance of such essentializing frames vis-a-vis crime in poor communities inhabited mainly by people of color. Notes and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Media coverage
Index Term(s): Canada; Crime in schools; Ontario; Poverty and crime; Press releases; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Public Opinion of Crime; Society-crime relationships
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