Rape is rape (except when it’s not): the media, recontextualisation and violence against women

Attenborough, Frederick (2014) Rape is rape (except when it’s not): the media, recontextualisation and violence against women.

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Official URL: 0.1075/jlac.2.2.01att

Abstract

This article contributes to a body of research in which media reports of violence against women are analysed for the ways they gloss precisely what it is that constitutes ‘violence against women’ in the event under report. To catch this glossing in flight, as it were, mediated reports of violence are conceptualised as recontextualisations; that is, reports that may differ in rhetorically consequential ways from those provided by victims of, or witnesses to, that violence. A mediated stylistic analysis of press reportage of the charges of rape made against Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, in 2010, subsequently shows that and how Assange’s allegedly violent actions were recontextualised such that their status as violent was readably downgraded, mitigated or even deleted. The article ends by calling for more attention to be paid to the various techniques of recontextualisation via which reports of violence against women are presented in the media.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Members: Bishop Grosseteste University
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 12:49
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 12:49
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/10241

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