A televised social problem construction? pushing back against the invisibility of the male rape victim in American crime

Akrivos, D. (2019) A televised social problem construction? pushing back against the invisibility of the male rape victim in American crime. In: Akrivos, D. and Antoniou, A., eds. Crime, Deviance and Popular Culture: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9783030049119

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Abstract

Building on the view of popular culture as a conduit through which social problems are defined, debated or even resolved (Maratea & Monahan, 2016), this chapter evaluates the contribution of fictional television to the demarginalisation of the male victim of sexual violence.

The research adopts a case study design and offers an ethnographic content analysis of ABC’s American Crime. It highlights the blaming and stigmatisation of the male rape victim, the shortcomings of the dominant feminist framing of sexual victimisation as well as the failure of the criminal justice system to effectively handle male rape cases.

The author concludes that ‘socially aware’ TV shows like American Crime could serve as a form of ‘edutainment’: they have the strong potential to push back against dominant male rape myths and offer a better insight into the victims’ experiences, getting audiences much more emotionally involved than pertinent factual sources of information.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology > HV6250 Victims of crime. Victimology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing
Depositing User: Dimitris Akrivos
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2019 09:38
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2019 09:38
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/18008

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