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When Hazing is Not Hazing: Media Portrayal of Hazing: Developing A Typology. Introducing the TAIR Model

Sociology and Justice Studies Department, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 99004, USA
Department of Criminal Justice, Troy University, Troy, AL 36081, USA
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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(9), 158;
Received: 22 July 2018 / Revised: 10 September 2018 / Accepted: 12 September 2018 / Published: 14 September 2018
The present article is a preliminary study using textual analysis of 35 news articles regarding media portrayals of hazing. In an effort to better understand how the media defines and portrays hazing explanations and the types of injuries victims sustain, we introduce the TAIR Model. Results indicate that the TAIR model provides hazing motivations as being the result of tradition, acceptance, initiation, or ritual and that victims of hazing often sustain physical, psychological, and sexual harm. Furthermore, many “hazing acts” are really crimes that happen to be perpetrated by members of sports teams rather than a sports hazing event. The impact of this analysis suggests that due to media portrayals of hazing, the ways in which we think and speak about hazing, as well as the subsequent “solutions”, are counterproductive and distort our understandings of the causes of “hazing”. View Full-Text
Keywords: hazing; media; criminal justice; criminology hazing; media; criminal justice; criminology
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Mathers, S.A.; Chavez, J. When Hazing is Not Hazing: Media Portrayal of Hazing: Developing A Typology. Introducing the TAIR Model. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, 158.

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