Elisa Giomi, Fabrizio Tonello

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Moral Panic: the Issue of Women and Crime in Italian Evening News

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Keywords: Moral panic, women, violent crime, evening news, ethnic representations.

In the years 2006-2007, Italy experienced a moral panic largely fuelled by concern for women's safety being "threatened" by immigrants. This empirical research, based on a very large database (six national networks monitored for an entire year), focuses on the coverage of female homicides in Italian evening news, studying gendered themes and racial biases that shaped news accounts. Our findings support the use of "moral panic" as a valid scientific concept.

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