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Shaping the ‘inexplicable’: A social constructionist analysis of news reporting of familicide-suicide

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dc.contributor.author Galvin, Audrey
dc.contributor.author Quinn, Fergal
dc.contributor.author Cleary, Yvonne
dc.date.accessioned 2022-01-06T15:24:54Z
dc.date.available 2022-01-06T15:24:54Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10890
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Media framing helps to shape our understanding of the meaning of news events, often problematically. This study examines how this process interacts with the phenomenon of familicide-suicide, where a person kills one or more family members before taking their own life. A social constructionist analysis of the print media coverage of three high-profile cases in Ireland highlights framing and discursive patterns, contributing to an explanatory framework that is misleading and lacking in an evidence base. As well as a tendency towards broad and poorly supported claims-making, several primary causal frames are prevalent: mental health; financial debt; fall from grace; and ‘out of the blue’, whilst a domestic violence frame is notable in its absence. Coverage is found to be episodic in character, linked to dramatisation and more simplistic explanatory frames, rather than evidence-based analysis of potential causal factors for these incidents. Findings raise important questions for journalistic practice, regarding processes of selection and salience of sources contributing to overall coverage that is partial and biased, rather than an ‘objective’ representation of the social world en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journalism;
dc.subject familicide-suicide en_US
dc.subject framing en_US
dc.subject social constructionism en_US
dc.subject print media en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.title Shaping the ‘inexplicable’: A social constructionist analysis of news reporting of familicide-suicide en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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