Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology
This research is a qualitative analysis of digital piracy at the height of Napster in 1999. The findings support the notion that technology has given rise to several new techniques of neutralization. In some cases these techniques are completely new and in others they are 21st century updates to traditional techniques. Furthermore, this research uses forum posts from USENET to determine that guardianship as created by Cohen and Felson's Routine Activities Theory is uniquely connected to neutralization based on two unique guardianship qualities, authority and capacity.
Davies, Christopher D., "A Theoretical Relationship Between Guardianship and Techniques of Neutralization: A Qualitative Analysis of Digital Piracy" (2012). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 839.