Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Criminology and Penology.




This study examines the effects of media produced constructions of Black masculinity and crime on Toronto's diverse African communities. Nineteen individuals, living in the areas of Downtown Toronto, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and East York, were interviewed about their experiences with the racialization of crime in the print and visual media. Interview discussions revolved around the welcome of immigrants of African descent, depictions of Black males, media coverage of crime according to the ethnicity of the assailant and victim and parental concerns of how their children are viewed by society. A second group of issues discussed is intra-group conflict and confidence in the Canadian criminal justice system. The final group of issues discussed is the deportation of Black male immigrants and racial profiling. Participants demonstrated beliefs that their lives had been negatively affected by this phenomenon. Lack of concern about depictions of Black men and the internalization of images by Black children and adults, were cited as struggles. Participants also admitted to intragroup conflict as a result of depictions of Jamaicans as well as lack of confidence in the criminal justice system. Finally, respondents expressed beliefs that deportations disproportionately affect Black individuals and that racial profiling is a prevalent problem.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2005 .K86. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-03, page: 1242. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.