Bad news from an aberrant city: a critical analysis of the British press's portrayal of organised crime and the refuse crisis in Naples

Dines, Nick (2013) Bad news from an aberrant city: a critical analysis of the British press's portrayal of organised crime and the refuse crisis in Naples. Modern Italy . pp. 1-14. ISSN 1353-2944

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Abstract

This article examines the coverage of Naples since 2000 in the Guardian and the Independent, paying particular attention to their portrayal of the Camorra and the refuse crisis. It argues that this coverage was not simply riddled with stereotypes but was also characterised by significant inaccuracies and omissions. Analysts in Italy have detailed how the trash emergency in 2008 was the outcome of corporate malpractice and institutional complicity and that organised crime, although intent on exploiting the situation, was not a determining factor. The British press, instead, tended to conflate the breakdown of the urban waste cycle with the dumping of toxic waste and, by inverting cause and effect, to point the blame at the Camorra. These accounts, it is argued, are partially explained by the very nature of foreign news that seeks out dramatic and clear-cut stories for an otherwise disinterested audience. They also reflect the heightened interest in the Camorra following the Secondigliano War and the English translation of Roberto Saviano's Gomorrah. However, the article suggests that it is the press's assumption that Naples is already an ‘out of the ordinary’ urban setting that ultimately precludes the possibility of an informed coverage of the city and its predicaments.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): media representations of Naples, foreign news, British press, refuse crisis, Camorra, Roberto Saviano
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 12222
Depositing User: Users 3197 not found.
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2013 11:08
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:29
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12222

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