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Social Media Homicide ConfessionsStories of Killers and their Victims$
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Elizabeth Yardley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447328001

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447328001.001.0001

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Approach to the study

Approach to the study

(p.45) Four Approach to the study
Social Media Homicide Confessions

Elizabeth Yardley

Policy Press

This chapter outlines the ontological, epistemological and methodological considerations of the empirical research reported in this book and proposes a new approach towards analysing media in crime, termed Ethnographic Media Practice Analysis for Criminology (EMPAC). It also explains the rationale for the selection of the three cases to which EMPAC has been applied: the murder of Jennifer Alfonso, the Janzen familicide, and the murder of Charles Taylor. After establishing the view of the social world that this study proceeds from, the chapter discusses the approach to understanding that social world — or epistemology. The objective is to identify what tools and techniques would be most appropriate for making sense of the social media confessions of homicide perpetrators.

Keywords:   murder, crime, Jennifer Alfonso, Janzen familicide, Charles Taylor, epistemology, social media, confessions, homicide

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