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Unformatted text preview: PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLE This article was downloaded by: [CDL Journals Account] On: 13 November 2008 Access details: Access Details: [subscription number 785022369] Publisher Routledge Informa Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registered office: Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK Feminist Media Studies Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713700978 The Monsters Next Door: Media Constructions of Boys and Masculinity Mia Consalvo Online Publication Date: 01 March 2003 To cite this Article Consalvo, Mia(2003)'The Monsters Next Door: Media Constructions of Boys and Masculinity',Feminist Media Studies,3:1,27 — 45 To link to this Article: DOI: 10.1080/1468077032000080112 URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1468077032000080112 Full terms and conditions of use: http://www.informaworld.com/terms-and-conditions-of-access.pdf This article may be used for research, teaching and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, re-distribution, re-selling, loan or sub-licensing, systematic supply or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden. The publisher does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents will be complete or accurate or up to date. The accuracy of any instructions, formulae and drug doses should be independently verified with primary sources. The publisher shall not be liable for any loss, actions, claims, proceedings, demand or costs or damages whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with or arising out of the use of this material. Feminist Media Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2003 The Monsters Next Door: Media Constructions of Boys and Masculinity Mia Consalvo Introduction DEATH GOES TO SCHOOL WITH COLD, EVIL LAUGHTER TRAIL OF MAYHEM, COLUMBINE PLUNGED INTO NIGHTMARE OF BUL- LETS AND BLOOD THE MONSTERS NEXT DOOR: WHAT MADE THEM DO IT? WHY? These are a few of the headlines that appeared in US newspapers and news magazines concerning the April 20, 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Although school violence in the US accounts for only a small fraction of violence involving children nationwide (John Cloud 1999), the unusual, recurring character of these crimes has focused attention to them out of proportion to their actual numbers. Over the past few years, there have been similar occurrences every few months. Previous to Littleton, there were incidents in Oregon, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Mississippi, along with others stretching further back. They have become a grim list of referents brought out and re-hashed with each new outbreak of school violence....
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