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

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dc.contributor.advisor Parnaby, Patrick Mutch, Stephanie 2017-01-05T21:33:32Z 2017-01-05T21:33:32Z 2016-12 2016-12-16 2017-01-05
dc.description.abstract The 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
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dc.subject Mr. Big Sting en_US
dc.subject Social Problems en_US
dc.subject Ethnographic Content Analysis en_US
dc.subject Contextual Constructionism en_US
dc.subject Undercover Policing en_US
dc.subject News Media en_US
dc.title Arrested Development: The Mr. Big Sting as a Failed Social Problem en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of Political Science en_US
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