Media, race and crime: Racial perceptions and criminal culpability in a multiracial national context Journal Article uri icon



  • This study contributes to the limited literature on race and crime in a multicultural Asian context. Based on a survey in Singapore, where multiracialism is a fundamental political pillar and yet discourse about race is mostly shunned, the findings suggest a relationship between media consumption and racial perceptions. Respondents who consume more race-specific media have less negative racial perceptions of their own race, and more negative racial perceptions about other races. Respondents who consume more crime-related media content on TV, newspapers, and social networking sites tend to be more racially prejudiced against other races. Those who pay more attention to crime-related media content hold more negative racial perceptions of other races, and have harsher criminal culpability judgments of other races while holding a diminished culpability judgment of one’s own race.

publication date

  • February 1, 2015

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • January 9, 2017 8:08 AM

Full Author List

  • Lee ST; Thien NP

author count

  • 2

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1748-0485

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1748-0493

Additional Document Info

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