Arrested Development: The Mr. Big Sting as a Failed Social Problem

dc.contributor.advisorParnaby, Patrick
dc.contributor.authorMutch, Stephanie of Political Scienceen_US of Guelphen_US of Artsen_US and Criminal Justice Policyen_US
dc.description.abstractThe use of the Mr. Big sting undercover policing tactic by Canadian police services has led to debate and controversy among civil libertarians, legal actors, and academics. It has not, however, led to widespread discussion or concern amongst the general public. Using a social constructionist framework, this study investigates why Mr. Big stings have failed to become a widely recognized social problem in Canada. An ethnographic content analysis of print media discourse reveals that weak claims-making led to this problem’s failed emergence. Unable to support complex, specialized problem claims, it is suggested that the media’s preference for simplicity left it unable to adequately present claims that sought to establish Mr. Big stings as problematic. These findings suggest that the media may be ill-suited to fulfilling its democratic role in promoting accountability among police and other public intuitions.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada*
dc.subjectMr. Big Stingen_US
dc.subjectSocial Problemsen_US
dc.subjectEthnographic Content Analysisen_US
dc.subjectContextual Constructionismen_US
dc.subjectUndercover Policingen_US
dc.subjectNews Mediaen_US
dc.titleArrested Development: The Mr. Big Sting as a Failed Social Problemen_US


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