Turning assault into a “harmless prank”— teenage perspectives on happy slapping

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/292651
Title:
Turning assault into a “harmless prank”— teenage perspectives on happy slapping
Authors:
Palasinski, Marek
Abstract:
The article describes the ways in which 41 adolescents from three large English cities discussed the phenomenon of happy slapping, which is typically defined as recording a physical assault on an unsuspecting victim on a cameraenabled phone for Internet upload. Using discourse analysis, the construal of motivations for its creation and watching is explored, elaborating on social, cultural, and legal implications. The identified repertoires (creation of comedy, denial of grievous bodily harm, accomplice-witness ambiguity, and reflection of postmodern culture) caution against attributing happy slapping just to boredom, as the mainstream British press does and puts spotlight on other factors, like seeking originality and keeping “pranks” under control. Concluding with the apparent similarities between the discursive worlds inhabited by unconvicted adolescents and convicted offenders, this study provides a theoretical platform for further research on the subtle and intriguing overlap.
Affiliation:
University of Derby
Citation:
APA
Publisher:
Sage
Journal:
Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue Date:
1-May-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/292651
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Psychological Research

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dc.contributor.authorPalasinski, Mareken_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-23T15:15:54Z-
dc.date.available2013-05-23T15:15:54Z-
dc.date.issued2013-05-01-
dc.identifier.citationAPAen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/292651-
dc.description.abstractThe article describes the ways in which 41 adolescents from three large English cities discussed the phenomenon of happy slapping, which is typically defined as recording a physical assault on an unsuspecting victim on a cameraenabled phone for Internet upload. Using discourse analysis, the construal of motivations for its creation and watching is explored, elaborating on social, cultural, and legal implications. The identified repertoires (creation of comedy, denial of grievous bodily harm, accomplice-witness ambiguity, and reflection of postmodern culture) caution against attributing happy slapping just to boredom, as the mainstream British press does and puts spotlight on other factors, like seeking originality and keeping “pranks” under control. Concluding with the apparent similarities between the discursive worlds inhabited by unconvicted adolescents and convicted offenders, this study provides a theoretical platform for further research on the subtle and intriguing overlap.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSageen_GB
dc.titleTurning assault into a “harmless prank”— teenage perspectives on happy slappingen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen_GB
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Interpersonal Violenceen_GB
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