Social Policy, the Media, and Misrepresentation

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I have tried to demonstrate the intertwined levels of analysis which can contribute towards theorising the relationship between the media and social policy. It is not sufficient simply to focus on media coverage. It is important to consider the motives of source organisations who seek out media publicity. It is also unhelpful to dismiss the media as 'interfering' or 'sensationalist' or to blame the press for 'media hype'. Instead, it is necessary to recognise their role as a forum for public debate. At the same time, however, it is vital never to accept the terms of that debate as cast in stone and always to question what is left out of the policy agenda as well as what is addressed. In this way one can combine detailed analysis of crisis coverage with critical reflection on the underlying assumptions which frame public discourse and limit visions for social policy.


Notes
1
For discussion of the emergence of the child abduction threat (in the USA) see Best (1990); for discussion of the media creation of the popular image of the 'paedophile priest' see Jenkins (1996).
2
Other reports urged caution and restraint. The (Aberdeen) Press and Journal, for example, reported efforts to reassure the public and condemn vigilante action: 'Crowd (self) control' (Press and Journal, 6 August 1997) 'Police and community condemn vigilantes' Press and Journal, 10 June 1997) and similar reports and editorials appeared in other papers e.g. 'Sex crime vigilantes not answer' (Yorkshire Evening Post, 6 February 1997); 'Have faith in the police to shield our children' (Express on Sunday, 10 August 1997).
3
The Bournemouth Evening Echo's 'Protect our children' campaign involved setting up a register of convicted sex offenders, compiled from newspaper reports. This was, however, available only to workers with children. Other papers, such as the Guardian, adopted a policy of only 'outing' offenders if there was evidence that supervision had broken down and children were at risk.

References

a
Adams, D. (1998) 'The “at risk” business', Police Review, 30 January, 16-17.
Aldridge, M. (1994) Making Social Work News, London: Routledge.
Association of Chief Officers of Probation (1998) Recent cases of public disorder around sexoffenders which have impeded surveillance and supervision. London: ACOP.

b
Best, J. (1990) Threatened Children, Chicago: Chicago University Press.

f
Franklin, B. (1997) Newzak and News Media, London: Arnold.
Franklin, B. and Murphy, D. (1998) Making the Local News: Local Journalism in Context, London: Routledge.

h
Hebenton, B. and Thomas, T. (1996) 'Sexual offenders in the community: reflections on problems of law, community and risk management in the USA, England and Wales', International Journal of the Sociology of Law 24:427-443.
Henderson, L. (1998) 'Making serious soaps: public issue storylines in TV drama serials', in Philo, G. (ed.) Message Received, London: Longman.

j
Jenkins, P. (1996) Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Figures and Tables vii
  • Introduction 1
  • References 13
  • Part 1 - Producing Social Policy News 15
  • Chapter 1 - Soft-Soaping the Public? 17
  • References 36
  • Chapter 2 - Media Coverage of Social Policy 39
  • Chapter 3 - Charitable Images 51
  • Chapter 4 - Dying of Ignorance? 69
  • References 84
  • Part 2 - The Media Reporting of Social Policy 87
  • Chapter 5 - Poor Relations 89
  • Notes 102
  • Chapter 6 - Home Truths 104
  • Chapter 7 - The Picture of Health? 118
  • References 133
  • Chapter 8 - Media and Mental Health 135
  • Note 144
  • Chapter 9 - Thinking the Unthinkable 146
  • Note 156
  • Chapter 10 - Are You Paying Attention? 157
  • References 172
  • Chapter 11 - Exorcising Demons 174
  • Part 3 - The Media Reporting of Social Policy 191
  • Chapter 12 - Bulger, 'Back to Basics' and the Rediscovery of Community 193
  • References 205
  • Chapter 13 - The Ultimate Neighbour from Hell? 207
  • Notes 220
  • Chapter 14 - Out of the Closet 222
  • Chapter 15 - Social Threat or Social Problem? 238
  • Note 251
  • Chapter 16 - They Make Us Out to Be Monsters 253
  • Index 269
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