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More than 'whore' : a discourse analysis on the media coverage of the murders of sex trade workers in Edmonton, Canada, 2001-2008

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dc.contributor.advisor Malacrida, Claudia
dc.contributor.author Larter, Tamara
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-01T04:53:52Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-01T04:53:52Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/2596
dc.description ix, 126 leaves ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract Twenty women linked with the sex trade in Edmonton, Canada went missing or were murdered between 2001 and 2008. In this study, I use Foucauldian and feminist theories, via discourse analysis, to examine the ways that Edmonton’s newspapers (re)present these murders. My findings show that the newspapers’ discourse deviantises these women, thereby minimising the tragedy of their disappearances and deaths. This deviantisation is deployed in three ways; by framing sex trade workers as criminally, medically, and morally deviant. Criminal deviance places sex trade workers firmly on the ‘wrong’ side of the law, making them undeserving of police protection; medical deviance implies that only women who are mentally ill in some way would take part in the sex trade, and, simultaneously, hyperbolises the role of sex workers in the spread of venereal diseases. Finally, discourses of moral deviance place sex workers on the ‘wrong’ side of morality and femininity. iv en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Sociology, c2011 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Prostitutes -- Press coverage -- Alberta -- Edmonton en_US
dc.subject Prostitution -- Press coverage -- Alberta -- Edmonton en_US
dc.subject Prostitutes -- Crimes against -- Alberta -- Edmonton en_US
dc.subject Prostitutes -- Violence against -- Alberta -- Edmonton en_US
dc.subject Victims of crimes -- Alberta -- Edmonton en_US
dc.subject Murder -- Alberta -- Edmonton en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title More than 'whore' : a discourse analysis on the media coverage of the murders of sex trade workers in Edmonton, Canada, 2001-2008 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Sociology en_US


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