Conflation, collocation and confusion

Mason, Paul and Monckton-Smith, Jane ORCID: 0000-0001-7925-5089 (2008) Conflation, collocation and confusion. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 9 (6). pp. 691-710. ISSN 1464-8849

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Abstract

Despite research to the contrary, a recent British Home Offi ce report by Kelly et al. (2005) notes that in public consciousness a ‘real rape’ is perceived to occur in a public place, is perpetrated by a stranger and involves aggravating violence. Further, it notes that such skewed perceptions are implicated in the high attrition rate that this offence attracts in the United Kingdom. This paper suggests that a signifi cant factor in the reinforcing of this skewed perception is the reporting of violence against women in the print media. It is argued that murders of women are regularly sexualized by journalists and conversely that sexual assaults of women are framed within a discourse of murder. Through a discourse analysis of six case studies of rape and/or murder of women by men between 2003 and 2004, this research contends that the habitual linking of the concepts of sex and death in such reporting, which in some contexts effectively produces a confl ation of the offences of rape and murder, contributes to the way in which rape is received by criminal justice professionals, victims and the wider public.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: criminal justice, discourse, murder, public opinion, rape sex crime, women
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV6001 Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV6001 Criminology > HV6250 Victims of Crimes. Victimology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV6001 Criminology > HV6251 Crimes and offences
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Psychological Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2018 13:06
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2018 12:09
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6119

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