“That’s the Life of a Gangster”: analyzing the media representations of Daniel Wolfe.

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dc.contributor.advisor Marsh, Charity
dc.contributor.advisor Robertson, Carmen
dc.contributor.author Grebinski, Leisha Ann
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-13T20:38:45Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-13T20:38:45Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10294/3634
dc.description A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Regina. vi, 130 l. en_US
dc.description.abstract Daniel Wolfe has been represented by the news media as one of Saskatchewan and Manitoba’s most “notorious gang members.”1 Wolfe first made headlines at the age of 31 after he instigated a fatal home invasion in the rural community of Fort Qu’Appelle, northeast of Regina.2 Later that year, while on remand at the Regina jail, Wolfe and five other Aboriginal inmates staged an elaborate break-out which received extensive national media coverage.3 Two years later Wolfe was killed in prison. His death, although tragic, was regarded by media and experts as an “obvious conclusion” to a gangster’s story.4 Through an interdisciplinary approach consisting of interviews with key participants and a discourse analysis of print, radio, TV, and online new sources, I examine the media spectacle of Daniel Wolfe as a case study concerning the implications his story had on media representations of the Aboriginal gangster on the prairies. “That’s the Life of a Gangster”: Analyzing the Media Representation of Daniel Wolfe interrogates how Daniel Wolfe’s story is used by media, police, and politicians to perpetuate fear of Aboriginal men. I examine: 1) The role the media plays in the Aboriginal gangster is a current monolithic mis-representation of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. For this thesis I take a three pronged approach: Firstly, I conduct an analysis into the media representations of Wolfe to examine the racialization of gang crime and the production of a moral panic. Secondly, I investigate how stereotypes of Aboriginal gang members such as Wolfe are reproduced and embodied by Aboriginal youth through an analysis of media represented links between Aboriginal bodies, hip-hop, and crime. Thirdly, I examine how agency and healing are being practiced through processes of storytelling by members of Wolfe’s family. The intent of this thesis is to contribute to and challenge the current conversation regarding the growing Aboriginal population and its perceived link with a so-called ‘growing Aboriginal gang problem’ on the prairies. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Regina en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Wolfe, Daniel
dc.subject.lcsh Indian criminals--Saskatchewan
dc.subject.lcsh Indian prisoners--Saskatchewan
dc.subject.lcsh Gang members--Saskatchewan
dc.subject.lcsh Gangsters--Saskatchewan
dc.subject.lcsh Mass media and crime--Saskatchewan
dc.subject.lcsh Crime and the press--Saskatchewan
dc.title “That’s the Life of a Gangster”: analyzing the media representations of Daniel Wolfe. en_US
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.authorstatus Student en
dc.description.peerreview yes en
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts (MA) en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Interdisciplinary Studies en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Regina en
thesis.degree.department Faculty of Fine Arts en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Rogers, Randal
dc.contributor.committeemember Episkenew, Jo-Ann
dc.contributor.externalexaminer McNinch, James
dc.identifier.tcnumber TC-SRU-3634
dc.identifier.thesisurl http://ourspace.uregina.ca/bitstream/handle/10294/3634/Grebinski_Leisha_200206396_MA_INTD_Spring2013.pdf


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