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Communicating Identity in Murder Reports



Year of publication 2014
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Description The lecture presented the results of the author's research into the discursive practices employed to communicate the identity and social roles of victims vs. killers in murder reports in the British Press. The findings support the hypothesis that participants may be presented not only as individuals but also via their social roles which point to a particular behaviour or qualities and they may also be depicted as representatives of a particular favourable or unfavourable social groups. Therefore, individualisation may be preceded by categorisation, which under certain circumstances may enhance particular social stereotypes and lead even to stigmatization of a social group, such as immigrants.

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