(The Good), The Bad and The Ugly: The Visual Construction of Female Child Sex-offenders

Barlow, Charlotte and Lynes, Adam (2015) (The Good), The Bad and The Ugly: The Visual Construction of Female Child Sex-offenders. Journalism and Mass Communication, 5 (9). pp. 480-494. ISSN 2160-6579

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This paper explores the visual construction and representation of female sex offenders. It utilises the case study of Vanessa George, a nursery worker who was involved in the exchange of indecent imagery of children via an online paedophile ring. The first part of the paper considers the emergence of the sub-discipline, visual criminology and examines what is known about the visual representation of female offenders. The second part presents the findings of an empirical investigation, which involved engaging in a critical, reflexive visual analysis of a selection photographs and the police mugshot of Vanessa George. The paper considers the ways in which George‟s physical appearance and her suggested ability to deceive were used to visually represent her as “other”, thus reinforcing the existing simplistic motifs of female sex offending.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.17265/2160-6579/2015.09.005
Date: 1 September 2015
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L600 Anthropology
L900 Others in Social studies
P300 Media studies
P500 Journalism
P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Adam Lynes
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2018 08:50
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2018 08:50
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5748

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