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Framing the Victim : Domestic Violence, Media, and Social Problems - Nancy S. Berns

Framing the Victim

Domestic Violence, Media, and Social Problems

Paperback Published: 30th January 2004
ISBN: 9780202307411
Number Of Pages: 204
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Framing the Victim is a must-read for anyone concerned about the politics and processes that shape how we understand and respond to social problems.It illustrates how victims of domestic violence are "framed" by the dominant media perspectives focused on them and falsely blamed for a crime committed by someone else. Berns insightfully critiques the stories that emerge when social problems are shaped by guidelines that promote entertainment, victim empowerment, drama, inspiration, and politics. She also offers recommendations on how to focus less on the victim and more on the abuser as well as the cultural and social context within which the violence is learned and tolerated.

Zooming in (and out) on social problemsp. 1
The landscape of domestic violence and the public's narrow picturep. 17
"I get my experience from the media" : using media to understand social problemsp. 35
Women's magazines : the victim empowerment framep. 55
Social problems as inspiration, entertainment, and emotion : women's magazines and other entertainment mediap. 82
Men's and conservative political magazines : the antifeminist framep. 103
Liberal political magazines : the social justice framep. 129
Framing the victimp. 145
In search of a new social problem about violencep. 162
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ISBN: 9780202307411
ISBN-10: 0202307417
Series: Social Problems & Social Issues
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 30th January 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.34