Mediated depictions of child physical abuse : a narrative analysis

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dc.contributor.advisor Buckrop, Jacquelyn J. en_US Lively, Beth L. en_US 2011-06-03T19:36:24Z 2011-06-03T19:36:24Z 1993 en_US 1993
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1993 .L58 en_US
dc.description.abstract In recent years, the media have publicized the social problem of physical child abuse. This study examined three artifacts of physical abuse: the children's book Robin's Story, the popular song "Luka," and the television documentary Scared Silent: Exposing and Ending Child Abuse. Chapter One described each artifact and provided a literature review which detailed the writings about physical child abuse and artifacts discussing this topic. The chapter then posed research questions about how the artifacts viewed abused children and their abusers, the causes of abuse, and the solutions proposed for ending physical abuse.Chapter One finally discussed the narrative framework of rhetorical analysis used to examine the three artifacts. The narrative method used in this analysis employed three steps: 1) An examination of narrative structure, which discussed the plot of the story, the crucial points of the story and the events which supplemented those points, and the steps of breach, crisis, redress, and reintegration in the narrative; 2) An examination of narrative rationality, which talked about the completeness and true to life quality of the story and evaluated the reasons the rhetors gave for following the course of action endorsed by the story; and 3) An examination of narrative standards, including truth standard or how the narrative compares with what the audience believes is true; aesthetic standard or the grammar, setting, and characterization within the story, and ethical standard or the values expressed within the narrative. Chapter Two applied this framework to the children's book Robin's Story. Chapter Three viewed the popular song "Luka" through the narrative framework. Chapter Four discussed the documentary Scared Silent in terms of narrative analysis.Chapter Five then discussed the conclusions of the analysis for each artifact, artifacts discussing physical abuse, and for rhetoric. Some of the conclusions reached were that artifacts discussing physical child abuse should attempt to make their stories universal, that such artifacts need to distinguish between abuse and physical punishment, and that artifacts dealing with this problem must provide concrete courses of action to end physical abuse. This analysis concluded that, while narrative analysis provided the answers to the research questions, this framework needs to be made into a concrete method of rhetorical analysis to ensure that narratives are effectively evaluated. Narrative analysis was positive in this analysis, however, in that it supported the definitions of rhetoric as value, epistemology, motive, drama, meaning, and argument. This analysis found that, to end the problem of physical child abuse, rhetors must work with experts in this field and tailor artifacts from different perspectives to various audiences using different forms of media.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Speech Communication
dc.format.extent vii, 144 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Child abuse. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Abused children. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Discourse analysis, Narrative. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Child abuse in literature. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Popular culture -- Social aspects. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Child abuse -- Songs and music. en_US
dc.title Mediated depictions of child physical abuse : a narrative analysis en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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