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Perilous Parents and Sinister Strangers: Canadian Mainstream Media Portrayals of Child Abduction

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dc.contributor.advisor Morton, Mavis Smith, Carleigh 2019-01-03T15:37:33Z 2019-01-03T15:37:33Z 2019 2018-12-12 2019-01-03
dc.description.abstract Child abduction continues to be a focus of news media studies, particularly because it involves one of the world’s most vulnerable groups, children. This attention has led to a moral panic and the development of child abduction as a social problem. Using a thematic content analysis of local and mainstream Canadian newspapers, this study employs moral panic and moral regulation theories to examine the way child abduction is represented by the mainstream media between 1980-2017. The media’s representation of child abduction reflects a neoliberal agenda by reifying the nuclear family, increasing society’s fear of the stranger, and holding parents responsible for child safety. Such messages can help shape the way the public and the state understand child abduction but also can influence policy and resource decisions related to family law, parenting, and child safety. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject child abduction en_US
dc.subject mainstream newspaper articles en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject media portrayals en_US
dc.title Perilous Parents and Sinister Strangers: Canadian Mainstream Media Portrayals of Child Abduction en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Sociology en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of Sociology and Anthropology en_US
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