Rhys HallFollow

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Manisha Desai, David Embrick, Elizabeth Holzer

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Open Access

Open Access


White men represent a disproportionate number of mass murderers via guns/bombings in the U.S. Though, there may be disparities in how often white masculinity is probed as a conflictual site of socialization when compared with other social racial and gender identities. Holding concern for how masculine violence is criminalized across racial lines, I conduct a review of racial typificiations of Black crime in newspapers to juxtapose with contemporary discourse of white masculine crime.

Using content analysis, I examine hundreds of newspaper publications released from 2011-2016 covering mass killers. I look for tendencies from paper writers to minimize sociological similarities between cases, especially in favor of pathological approaches to explaining disorder as a path to violence.

Major Advisor

Manisha Desai