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.



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.

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