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)|
|Date:||12 September 2012|
|Thesis Supervisor(s):||Jiwani, Yasmin|
|Deposited By:||JULES-VINCENT CHAMBERLAND-LAJOIE|
|Deposited On:||30 Oct 2012 15:13|
|Last Modified:||15 Nov 2012 21:00|
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