Constructing whiteness : identity and imagery in the legal battle of State of Florida v. Casey Anthony

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dc.contributor.advisor Byers, Michele, 1971-
dc.coverage.spatial Florida
dc.creator Lawrence, Faraasa
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-06T14:35:27Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-06T14:35:27Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.other KF225 A58 L39 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/26597
dc.description vii, 127 leaves ; 29 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 120-127).
dc.description.abstract I use the articulations of whiteness narrated by the prosecution and defence, in the high-profile, capital murder trial of Casey Anthony, as the focal point from which to begin my analysis, by looking at how both victim and perpetrator statuses were ascribed to (the body of) Casey Anthony. In particular, I use the courtroom constructions of Casey Anthony to examine how the defendant was framed through discourses of whiteness and femaleness/femininity. These discourses were themselves subject to different interpretations and functions by both counsels in the two prominent texts describing the Anthony case: Presumed Guilty – Casey Anthony: The Inside Story by Jose Baez and Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony by Jeff Ashton. Through close readings of these texts, which together form the data set for this thesis, I assess how one narrative upholds an assumed, hegemonic social norm concerning the un-criminalised status of white womanhood, while the other narrative serves to destabilise that norm by “trashing” Casey Anthony’s white, feminine identity. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc KF225.A58
dc.subject.lcsh Anthony, Casey, 1986- -- Trials, litigation, etc.
dc.subject.lcsh Whites -- Race identity -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Stereotypes (Social psychology) -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Trials (Murder) -- Florida -- Orlando
dc.title Constructing whiteness : identity and imagery in the legal battle of State of Florida v. Casey Anthony en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Criminology
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Sociology and Criminology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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