Motherhood in the Media: Infanticide, Journalism, and the by Barbara Barnett

By Barbara Barnett

This publication examines modern media tales approximately girls who kill their teenagers. through reading media texts, motherhood blogs, and journalistic interviews, the booklet seeks to appreciate greater maternal violence and the criteria that lead ladies to hurt their young ones. The valuable thesis of this publication is that media practices have replaced dramatically up to now 50 years, as has society’s perspectives on "appropriate" female habit, but definitions of features of excellent moms stay principally outlined via Fifties sit down coms, Victorian beliefs, and Christian theology.

The publication contends that during spite of media saturation in American society, and the media’s elevated possibilities to inform complicated and nuanced tales, information media narratives proceed to situate maternal violence as infrequent, unfathomable, and unpredictable. the inside track media’s shift in focus—from public provider to profit-making industry—has inspired superficial insurance of maternal violence as journalists search for tales that promote, now not tales that designate. Motherhood blogs, against this, provide a chance for girls to inform their very own tales approximately motherhood, in keeping with adventure. Interviews with reporters provide insights into how the constitution in their jobs dictates media insurance of this intimate kind of violence.

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