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Public sentiment on intimate partner violence: An analysis of Twitter response to the Ray Rice incident
by Holloway, Jovantae S., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 75; 1587905
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the public perception of the Ray Rice and Janay Rice intimate partner violence (IPV) incident that occurred on February 19, 2014. This event became the source of thousands of tweets, revealing a representation of public response to IPV through the lens of sports, African American celebrities and gender. Exploring public response through social media, this thesis analyzed a sample of 332 tweets at two time periods, one centering around the NFL announcement of a two-day suspension of Ray Rice and the other later announcement regarding the announced indefinite suspension of Ray Rice. The thesis includes a qualitative investigation of tweet contents to examine public sentiment regarding IPV victimization and accountability during the two time periods. This study expands on research on IPV and social work through being one of the first research projects to integrate an analysis of gender, violence and social media.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kim, Mimi
Commitee: O'Donnell, Julie, Wilson, Steve
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Black studies, Social work, Gender studies
Keywords: Incident, Intimate, Partner, Public, Ray, Rice, Sentiment, Twitter, Violence
Publication Number: 1587905
ISBN: 978-1-321-72367-0
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