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9 Crime Media Culture 3 (2013)

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                                                                          Crime Media Culture
                                                                                  9(1)3-21
                                                                         © The Author(s) 2012
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The stories told           about 'men'                        sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav
                                                                 DOI: 10.1177/1741659012454124
in  British newspaper coverage                                              cmc.sagepub.com
of the Raoul Moat case                                                         OSAGE



Anthony Ellis, Jennifer Sloan and Maggie Wykes
University of Sheffield, UK



Abstract
This article addresses the common omission and/or obfuscation of men in accounts of crime and
particularly accounts of violence, despite the overwhelming presence of men in violent activities
and, indeed, crime per se. In doing so it identifies key themes that frame masculine identities.
Using the case of Raoul Moat, the piece analyses the discourses available in British newspapers
to account for male violence. Raoul Moat killed one man, injured his ex-partner and a police
officer and finally shot himself dead in the Northumbrian wilderness. Whereas most accounts of
male violence blame 'bad' women, race, youth, terror, gangs and madness, here news stories
evoked different tales of domestic, institutional and elemental masculinity. The themes of those
tales, we argue, constitute broad contexts for constructing masculine identities and our analysis
offers new insights into how masculine identity is constructed through discourse and why violence
is a significantly male-dominated activity; insights which address some of the lacks in current
theoretical work on both masculinity and violence.


Keywords
discourse, gender, masculinities, news, representation, violence


Introducing Raoul Moat
In July 2010 Raoul Moat shot and seriously injured his ex-partner and murdered her new
boyfriend, whom he mistakenly thought was in the police force. On the following day he shot and
blinded a police officer. Moat then went on the run 'dressed for war' (The Times, McIntosh et al.,
201 Oc) armed with shotguns and living rough in the countryside around Rothbury in Northumbria


Corresponding author:
Maggie Wykes, Centre for Criminological Research, School of Law, University of Sheffield, Bartolome House,
Winter St, Sheffield S3 7ND, UK.
Email: m.wykes@shef.ac.uk

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