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Media representation of regulated incivilities: Relevant actors, problems, solutions and the role played by experts in the Flemish press

Di Ronco, A (2016) 'Media representation of regulated incivilities: Relevant actors, problems, solutions and the role played by experts in the Flemish press.' Criminology and Criminal Justice, 16 (5). 585 - 601. ISSN 1748-8958

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Abstract

This article analyses the representations of regulated nuisance in a section of Flemish newspapers over time. It identifies the groups of people who have been successful in conveying messages in and through Flemish press news, and explores the way they have represented problems of, and suggested solutions to, regulated incivilities over the years. Furthermore, against the backdrop of newsmaking criminology, it considers whether and how crime and justice experts have contributed to shaping the Flemish media discourse on regulated incivilities over time. Overall the analysis of press news has found that the press, by giving coverage to the voices of local institutional actors, has promoted the criminalization of nuisance and, especially, of physical incivilities. The views of criminological experts, by contrast, have remained marginal. The article concludes by suggesting how such findings present a new set of empirical and conceptual challenges for newsmaking criminology, and more generally, for public criminology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Flemish Region (Belgium), media analysis, media representations, newsmaking criminology, regulated incivilities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Anna Di Ronco
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2016 12:15
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2017 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17920

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