Shaming rituals in the age of global media: How DSK's perp walk generated estrangement

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Abstract

In May 2011, IMF chief and French presidential contender Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested on sexual assault charges and forced to do the 'perp walk' in New York. The French press vividly criticized this shaming ritual, thus triggering reactions of defense, but also of self-questioning, in the American press. This study evaluates the extent to which the French criticism led the American press to show distance from the norms of its own national community. It contends that, in our age of globalized information, shaming rituals, which served to legitimate the dominant order, can now generate what Shani Orgad called 'estrangement'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-67
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Journal of Communication
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2014

Keywords

  • American press
  • French press
  • global communication
  • perpetrator walk
  • shaming ritual

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics

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