Every once in a while an academic researcher will privately concede they would like to have written the book they have reviewed. Count me in that category. Nicola Goc’s examination of news narratives of infanticide from 1822-1922 in Britain and Australia reveals painstaking scholarship. It yields insights into the primacy of crime news, the ideology of infanticide news discourse, the privileging of medical and legal voices in courtroom reportage, and the personification of infanticide women as maternal deviants, mad women or as celebrity subjects of newspaper campaigning.
Pacific Journalism Review is collaborating with IKAT: The Indonesian Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, published by the Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies (CESASS) at the Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, for special joint editions on media, climate change and maritime disasters in July 2018.