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

By Barbara Barnett

This e-book examines modern media tales approximately girls who kill their childrens. by way of examining media texts, motherhood blogs, and journalistic interviews, the ebook seeks to appreciate higher maternal violence and the standards that lead girls to hurt their kids. The valuable thesis of this ebook 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 by means of Nineteen Fifties sit down coms, Victorian beliefs, and Christian theology.

The ebook 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, by contrast, supply a chance for girls to inform their very own tales approximately motherhood, in accordance with event. Interviews with newshounds supply insights into how the constitution in their jobs dictates media insurance of this intimate kind of violence.

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