• How is the law itself presented – is the ‘official version’ of law as neutral and objective presented (as discussed in Comack) or is law portrayed in some other way – if so, how? How does this portrayal shape/inform the readers understanding of the issue?
• What is the historical and social context of the legal situation reported?
• How are concepts such as justice, equality and rights reflected in the article?
• What do you understand about power relations at work in situation discussed?
• – are the ages, genders, races, ability, etc. of the participants described or not? If they are described, how are participants portrayed? How does this portrayal shape/inform the readers understanding of the issue and who is most affected?
How might the “rule of law” (as described by Comack) inform how the law is understood and presented to the readers?
• What assumptions, competing values, biases and contradictions do you see reflected in the legal issue presented? What is left out?
• Discuss your own social location and influence this might have in your own analysis( My social location is Toronto, Ontario
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