Race, Social Class, Communication, and Accusations: The Duke University Lacrosse Team Party
This study examined how race and class differences between male team members and women performers impacted the angry verbal exchange at the Duke University lacrosse party and how this may have set the stage for the subsequent rape allegations. Online survey and focus group data were analyzed. Results indicated that racial differences and alcohol influenced the party's outcome. Individuals with class-diverse personal relationships were more aware of class-based differences in communication. African American respondents were more likely to see the effect of racial difference. Implications for the criminal justice system of class- and race-based miscommunication are discussed. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice
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Hassett-Walker, Connie, "Race, Social Class, Communication, and Accusations: The Duke University Lacrosse Team Party" (2012). Kean Publications. 2143.