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McMULLAN, John L. News, Truth and Crime : The Westray Disaster and its Aftermath. Halifax : Fernwood Publishing, (2005). First Edition. Pp. -112. 8vo, photo-illustrated white cardcovers with black spine, white lettering to spine.
John Leonard McMullan (b. July 22, 1948, Montreal - d. July 13, 2017, Halifax) was professor of Sociology and Criminology at Saint Mary's University, Halifax at the time of publication.
"The 'truth' behind the Westray mine disaster remains a highly contested matter. This book is a study of how the media represented the events surrounding the Westray explosion and its aftermath from 1992 to 2002.
Through a recounting of the tragedy and the way it was reported in the news, McMullan reveals the relationship between power, discourse and the production of truth. The book provides an analysis of news as a contested space where different truth-telling exercises competed for dominance: accident, legal tragedy, law and order, and political scandal discourses. It describes and analzes the changing relations between power, claims-making and the production of news as truth. McMullan concludes that the press imagined crime out in their collective representation of Westray and after. Mystification and misdirection preserved the appearance of corporate respectability. The press did not demarcate the corporation as capable of killing, and the news coverage, while registering alternative truths, did not reconstitute the truth of Westray as corporate criminality. That was the absence in the presence of their organized truth-telling." - from rear cover.
2. Power, Discourse and the Production of News as Truth;
3. The Explosion and the Aftermath;
4. Studying the Press and Westray;
5. The Press and the Production of Westray's Truth;
6. The Politics of Truth and the Invisibility of Corporate Crime.
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Title: News, Truth and Crime : The Westray Disaster and its Aftermath. First Edition.
Publisher: Fernwood Publishing, Halifax, 2005, ISBN:1552661733: 2005
ISBN Number: 1552661733
ISBN Number 13: 9781552661734
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