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The Darkside of Stereotypes: The Effects of Crime in the Media on Racial Identity and Emotions

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2015
Abstract/Description:
This study investigated how the image of Black criminality in the media affects the racial identity and emotions of Blacks. It also examined how the image of White criminality affects the racial identity and emotions of Whites as a point of comparison. These effects were studied through the lens of self-categorization theory and inter-group emotions theory. SCT posits that a person's biases are a result of how relevant their social identity is to their self-concept. IET posits that the emotions a person feels are derived from the social group they belong to.This study analyzed 369 responses from participants who were presented with Twitter news pages that presented all Black crime stories, all White crime stories, or negative (no race) stories. Findings showed that both Blacks and Whites decreased self-categorization with their race after viewing same-race criminality news stories. It also found that emotions were affected by content of the newsfeed. Lastly, the study found significant differences in self-categorization based on level of identification.
Title: The Darkside of Stereotypes: The Effects of Crime in the Media on Racial Identity and Emotions.
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Name(s): Campbell, Shantel, Author
Rubenking, Bridget, Committee Chair
Kinnally, William, Committee Member
Neuberger, Lindsay, Committee Member
Signorielli, Nancy, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study investigated how the image of Black criminality in the media affects the racial identity and emotions of Blacks. It also examined how the image of White criminality affects the racial identity and emotions of Whites as a point of comparison. These effects were studied through the lens of self-categorization theory and inter-group emotions theory. SCT posits that a person's biases are a result of how relevant their social identity is to their self-concept. IET posits that the emotions a person feels are derived from the social group they belong to.This study analyzed 369 responses from participants who were presented with Twitter news pages that presented all Black crime stories, all White crime stories, or negative (no race) stories. Findings showed that both Blacks and Whites decreased self-categorization with their race after viewing same-race criminality news stories. It also found that emotions were affected by content of the newsfeed. Lastly, the study found significant differences in self-categorization based on level of identification.
Identifier: CFE0005769 (IID), ucf:50111 (fedora)
Note(s): 2015-08-01
M.A.
Sciences, Communication
Masters
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Subject(s): race -- media -- crime -- self-categorization -- identity -- racial identity -- Twitter -- social media -- priming -- emotions -- stereotypes
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0005769
Restrictions on Access: campus 2016-08-15
Host Institution: UCF

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