What’s in a mugshot: visual characteristics newspaper media emphasize based on race and gender

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dc.contributor.author Fahrny, Alayna R.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-21T18:41:01Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-21T18:41:01Z
dc.date.issued 2016-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/32574
dc.description.abstract The media has a substantial role in providing knowledge about criminality to the public. Previous research has demonstrated that many media representations of crime and criminality perpetuate racial stereotypes and myths. The current study examines photographs in newspapers to investigate if a person of color has a higher chance of being presented by their mugshot over White individuals in crime stories. In addition the analysis examines how female offenders are presented in newspaper crime stories compared to men. To date, there has been no published research on the influence gender and race has on mugshot portrayals in newspaper media. The current study addresses this gap through an ethnographic content analysis of newspaper crime stories from widely circulated newspapers published between August 1, 2014 and October 31, 2014. The analyses are also informed by social constructionism and labeling theory. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Photos en_US
dc.subject Stereotypes en_US
dc.subject Criminology en_US
dc.title What’s in a mugshot: visual characteristics newspaper media emphasize based on race and gender en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en_US
dc.description.advisor Lisa Melander en_US
dc.date.published 2016 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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