The Social Construction of Corporate Violence: Media Coverage of the Imperial Food Products Fire

  title={The Social Construction of Corporate Violence: Media Coverage of the Imperial Food Products Fire},
  author={John Paul Wright and Francis T Cullen and Michael B. Blankenship},
  journal={Crime \& Delinquency},
  pages={20 - 36}
Although investigative reports have contributed to the social movement against white-collar crime, few studies assess the extent to which the media socially construct corporate violence as a “crime.” We examine this issue through a content analysis of newspaper coverage of the fire-related deaths of 25 workers at the Imperial Food Products chicken-processing plant, which resulted in the company's owner pleading guilty to manslaughter. The analysis revealed that newspaper reports largely… 

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