Title
Criminal involvement and media useCriminal involvement and media use
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Washington, D.C.,
Subject
Law
Mass communications
Source (journal)
Deviant behavior. - Washington, D.C.
Volume/pages
22(2001):6, p. 541-570
ISSN
0163-9625
ISI
000171782700004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
When researchers investigate the relationships between media behavior and criminal behavior, they tend to focus on the links between the content preferences of offenders and the types of crime they have committed. Offenders, however, also differ with respect to their degree of criminal involvement. Although some authors indicate that the consumption of socially disvalued media contents may have a symbolic value for people with a high degree of criminal involvement, or suggest that media may provide them with useful information, the link between this criminality dimension and media use has seldom been thoroughly studied. This article describes the results of a qualitative and quantitative study into the media use of prisoners in five Flemish penitentiaries. It illustrates that the variable degree of subjective criminal involvement is a particularly strong predictor of media uses, preferences, and interests among confined offenders.
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