Language and Crime

Constructing Offenders and Victims in Newspaper Reports

Authors: Tabbert, Ulrike

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  • Explores how offenders are represented in the media and how a story is constructed around their crimes
  • Bridges the gaps between linguistics and criminology by examining the media landscape in Britain
  • Uses Critical Stylistics to explore all aspects of the presentation of criminals and victims in newspaper press articles
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This book offers a systematic introduction to the linguistic analysis of newspaper reports on crime. The author demonstrates how the linguistic analysis of newspaper texts helps to gain insight into the construction of offenders and victims in those texts and links the findings to criminological frameworks. Tabbert employs Critical Stylistics to explore the description of participants, the presentation of speech as well as actions, states or events, and other linguistic devices employed by journalists to present a particular image of an offender or a victim in the press. This book shows the fruitfulness of an interdisciplinary approach to reveal predominant discourse on crime in society and will be of great interest to researchers in linguistics, criminology and media studies.

About the authors

Ulrike Tabbert is a Senior Public Prosecutor (Oberamtsanwältin) at a German prosecution office as well as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield, UK. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Huddersfield and is the author of Crime and Corpus: The linguistic representation of crime in the press (2015).

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“This is an imaginative and creative approach to analysing the newsworthyness' of crime. … Dr. Tabbert offers an accessible and engaging critical account of the various elements involved in the production of reported crime in the press and shows clearly and systematically the way social values and norms around serious crime and victimisation are reinforced in subtle yet persuasive forms. It is extremely well written, lucid, concise but thorough in the linguistic analysis of the reporting of crime, it offers a distinctive and unique approach to understanding the social construction of crime. It would be of immense interest to linguists, criminologists, as well as those interested in journalism and media studies.” (Tom Considine, Senior Lecturer, University of Huddersfield, UK)

“This linguistic study of crime reporting in the online edition of The Guardian gives the text its rightful priority of place and successfully demonstrates the benefits of an analysis using critical stylistic tools in order to explore the textual construction of victims and offenders, and the linguistic relationships between text and ideology. This book will be of special interest to criminologists, as well as discourse analysts.” (Brian Walker, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Huddersfield, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Language and Crime
Book Subtitle
Constructing Offenders and Victims in Newspaper Reports
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45351-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-45351-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45350-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 239
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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