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Framing the Crisis: Private Capital to the Rescue

Tombs, Steve (2018). Framing the Crisis: Private Capital to the Rescue. In: Barton, Alana and Davies, Howard eds. Ignorance, Power and Harm: Agnotology and The Criminological Imagination. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 87–111.

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How, in the UK, were the financial then economic crises which erupted from 2007 onwards politically and popularly framed – framed, indeed, in ways which have allowed business-more-or-less-as-usual to proceed in their aftermath? The focus of this chapter is upon various discursive initiatives and narratives which were constructed and utilised as and since the crisis unfolded. I argue that it was through a series of (quite often contradictory) blaming and framing techniques - in turn resting upon the use of analogy, motivated myopia and deceit, and often invoking some form of morality - that the construction, use and fact of economic, legal, political and social ignorance transformed the financial crisis into one of the public and the social.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Author
ISBN: 3-319-97342-8, 978-3-319-97342-5
Keywords: Banks; Blame; Capital; Framing; Ignorance; Morality
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 57595
Depositing User: Steve Tombs
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 15:53
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 10:43
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