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Des cris au silence médiatique : les limites de la scandalisation

Abstract : This article shows that no social situation of deviance has natural “properties”, even when it concerns elites. It can be considered as a “problem”, an “affair” or a “scandal”. Each of those social qualifications is the result of four complementary variables: the degree of violation to the norm, the existence or not of victims and damage, the degree of attributed responsibility to the defendants, and the foreseen social reactions. The empirical analysis of a press kit dealing with a case of insider trading fraud including political actors highlights three phenomena. First, different possible qualifications co-exist in the media on the same event. In addition, the global evolution of discourses on the course of six months illustrates the decrease in arguments denouncing a political scandal and the increase of economic and technical arguments. Finally, the evolution of the content of each newspaper clarifies their analytical changes according to their editorial lines.
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Pierre Lascoumes. Des cris au silence médiatique : les limites de la scandalisation. Éthique publique - revue internationale d'éthique sociétale et gouvernementale , École nationale de l'administration publique. Observatoire de l'administration publique, 2016, 18 (2), pp.En ligne. ⟨hal-01454834⟩

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