Professor to present research on youthful gender violence Feb. 20

Nancy Worthington
Nancy Worthington

Feb. 7, 2013 - Nancy Worthington, a professor and chair of the media studies department in the School of Communications, will present findings from her research project "Youthful Gender Violence: News Constructions of Identity Intersection" at the next meeting of Quinnipiac's Sigma Xi Chapter at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Clarice L. Buckman Center, Room 129, on the Mount Carmel Campus.

Worthington's research examined how online news sites in Arizona and California suggested particular interpretations about youthful gang rape perpetrators, their young victims and the communities in which they lived. Analysis of the research shows how the news organizations emphasized certain aspects of the crimes while marginalizing or excluding others.

Findings from the research suggest that the news reports encouraged news consumers to dwell on racial discourses that link youthful gender violence to groups communicated as cultural outsiders instead of confronting well-documented evidence that such crimes occur in American society more broadly.

Worthington teaches courses on media audiences and users, media research methods and media's relationship to culture. Her research examines media's role in socially constructing identity categories such as gender, race, class, and nation and their intersections. Her recent studies examining news constructions of gender violence appear in such journals as "Communication, Culture & Critique," "Journalism Studies" and "Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism." She routinely presents papers at national and international conferences.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the lecture, call 203-582-8652.

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