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"Rape Culture" language and the news media: contested versus non-contested cases

Le langage de la culture du viol et les médias d’information : cas non contestés vs cas contestés
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Abstract The American news media has recently reported on several rape and sexual assault cases in various cultural settings, sparking public conversations about rape culture in different cultural contexts. The article is focused as a Critical Discourse Analysis that compares the language use in news articles from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal over a six months period in order to more clearly understand the way the news media uses language in regards to gender and sexual assault and creates a spectrum of valid versus contested reports of sexual assault in different cultural settings.

Les médias d’information américains ont récemment raporté plusieurs cas de viols et d’agressions sexuelles dans divers contextes culturels, suscitant des discussions publiques sur « la culture du viol ». L’article se focalise sur une analyse critique du discours comparant le langage utilisé dans les articles de presse du New York Times et Wall Street Journal sur une période de six mois afin de mieux comprendre la façon dont les médias d’information utilisent le langage lié au sexe et aux agression sexuelles, et comment ils créent des affaires d’agression sexuelles noncontestées et contestées dans differents contextes culturels.
Keywords sexual offense; discourse analysis; daily paper; content analysis; United States of America; masculinity; criminal sociology
Classification Media Contents, Content Analysis; Criminal Sociology, Sociology of Law
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 37-52
Journal ESSACHESS - Journal for Communication Studies, 7 (2014) 2
Issue topic How does Gender matter? Analyzing media discourses, media organizations and media practices
ISSN 1775-352X
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial