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Analyzing the portrayal of child sexual abuse in La Presse: The shifting dialectics of silence and denunciation

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Analyzing the portrayal of child sexual abuse in La Presse: The shifting dialectics of silence and denunciation

Chamberland-Lajoie, Jules (2012) Analyzing the portrayal of child sexual abuse in La Presse: The shifting dialectics of silence and denunciation. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis explores the discursive entanglements and juxtapositions around child sexual abuse victims, perpetrators and disclosure observable in the past ten years in La Presse’s coverage in Québec. Using a mixed methodology, I first examine the number of news stories published on this topic between 2001 and 2010, and subsequently use a critical discourse analysis to scrutinize over a hundred news stories that were printed over this span of time. In assessing this material, my questions concern whether the media portrayal of child sexual abuse might have helped, at a first level, to de-stigmatize the taboo surrounding this social phenomenon in the popular culture; and second, whether and how the press might be propagating false representations about the prevalence of child sexual abuse by dwelling on particular details and misrepresenting this issue. Further, I explore how social representations of child sexual violence are structured, both around victims and their aggressors, and the role of local mass media discourse in influencing a culture of denunciation regarding such abuse.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Chamberland-Lajoie, Jules
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Media Studies
Date:12 September 2012
Thesis Supervisor(s):Jiwani, Yasmin
ID Code:974706
Deposited By:JULES-VINCENT CHAMBERLAND-LAJOIE
Deposited On:30 Oct 2012 11:13
Last Modified:15 Nov 2012 16:00
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