Race, Riches & Reporters - Do Race and Class Impact Media Rape Narratives? An Analysis of the Duke Lacrosse Case
Southern Illinois University Law Review, Winter 2007
49 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2007 Last revised: 23 Oct 2007
Focusing on the Duke rape case as a case study, this Article analyzes magazine coverage using a labeling system from a previous study of media coverage of high profile rapes to determine whether race and class shape rape narratives. Part I of this Article is a brief background about narratives generally and their importance in the law. Part II summarizes the existing research on the topic of rape narratives and media coverage of these narratives. Part III analyzes the Duke case narratives and seeks to determine empirically whether race and class played a role in the exculpation or vilification of either party. The Article concludes by comparing the past studies of rape media coverage with this new data to provide insights and conclusions about media rape coverage today.
Keywords: discrimination, rape, narratives
JEL Classification: J7, K1
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