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White Victims, Black Villains Gender, Race, and Crime News in US Culture

ISBN-10: 0415374928
ISBN-13: 9780415374927
Edition: 2006
Authors: Carol A. Stabile
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Book details

List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/18/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880

Are all victims white? Are all villains black? From fears of "amalgamation" used to fan anti-abolitionist flames in nineteenth century New York, to a white female highway patrol officer's "fear of a Mandingo sexual encounter" that was said to have led to the beating and arrest of black motorist Rodney King, conceptualizations of race and gender have fueled fears about crime in the US, past and present. White Victims, Black Villains traces how race and gender have combined in news media narratives about crime and violence in US culture. The book argues that the criminalization of African Americans in US culture has been most consistently and effectively legitimized by news media deeply invested in protecting and maintaining white supremacy. An illuminating, and often shocking text,White Victims, Black Villainsshould be read by anyone interested in race and politics.

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Acknowledgments
Introduction
"The most disgusting objects of both sexes": gender and race in the episodic crime news of the 1830s
The cult of dead womanhood: protectors, villains, and victims in the origins of serialized crime news
"The innocent cause of all these troubles": black victims of the 1863 anti-draft riots
"The malicious and untruthful white press": lynch narratives and criminalization
Monopolists of reason: the demise of sentimental crime reporting
From the war on poverty to the war on crime
Criminalizing black culture
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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