The Resource "Defective childhoods" : television news and the social construction of the 'child in need', Sarah M. Gonzales

"Defective childhoods" : television news and the social construction of the 'child in need', Sarah M. Gonzales

Label
"Defective childhoods" : television news and the social construction of the 'child in need'
Title
"Defective childhoods"
Title remainder
television news and the social construction of the 'child in need'
Statement of responsibility
Sarah M. Gonzales
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Contributor
Author
Thesis advisor
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The modern media, particularly television news, produces and airs news reports and special programs presenting social justice and human rights stories. Some of these news reports feature children with identified emotional, financial, or other needs. Due to television news' pervasiveness and influence in American society, the media entities which create the news have significant power to shape Americans' understandings and beliefs on children's lives, rights, and needs. In this thesis, I ask: how does the media, through television news programs, maintain a specific discursive construction of 'children in need.' I have conducted a qualitative content analysis based on transcripts from the national television programs NBC Dateline, ABC Nightline, ABC 20/20, and CBS 60 Minutes between 2007 and 2012, looking at episodes featuring groups of children in some identified need. I examine the ways in which these television programs present certain childhoods as problematic. My findings indicate that the news' collective construction of 'children in need' portrays them as hidden from the rest of America, as courageous dreamers, and as living abnormal lives. Furthermore, I compare and contrast the news programs' representation to the Progressive era child-saving movement, revealing that the modern media's broadcasts on 'children in need' disfavor lower class populations. Ultimately, I argue that the news media serves the function of deeming certain childhoods as less than ideal, or 'defective,' which therefore marks them as deviant from what is considered a universal proper childhood
Cataloging source
UMK
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1987-
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Gonzales, Sarah M.
Degree
M.A. (Dept. of Sociology).
Dissertation year
2013.
Granting institution
University of Missouri-Kansas City,
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
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1958-
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Garcelon, Marc
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  • Children
  • Television broadcasting of news
  • Mass media and public opinion
Label
"Defective childhoods" : television news and the social construction of the 'child in need', Sarah M. Gonzales
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "A thesis in Sociology."
  • Advisor: Marc Garcelon
  • Vita
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 60-65)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- Literature review -- Methods -- Findings -- Discussion -- Conclusion -- Appendix
Control code
858872665
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (75 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Level of compression
mixed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)858872665
System details
  • The full text of the thesis is available as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file; Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the file
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
"Defective childhoods" : television news and the social construction of the 'child in need', Sarah M. Gonzales
Publication
Note
  • "A thesis in Sociology."
  • Advisor: Marc Garcelon
  • Vita
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 60-65)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- Literature review -- Methods -- Findings -- Discussion -- Conclusion -- Appendix
Control code
858872665
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (75 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Level of compression
mixed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)858872665
System details
  • The full text of the thesis is available as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file; Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the file
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web

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