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I have generally seen backdrop in the following form: "against the backdrop of"

However, in an article I found the following sentence:

It is the story of a complex relationship and clashing ideologies between a father and son set in the backdrop of the kidnapping industry.

Is it the right way to use backdrop in this form: "in the backdrop of"?

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    No, it's wrong, You are right, backdrops are theatrical flats at the side or back of a stage. What is on stage, therefore, is seen against a backdrop and not in the backdrop. Writing in general seems to be deteriorating fast. :)
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 31, 2017 at 19:23

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As Lambie comments, that sentence is incorrect. It's totally unambiguous, and when spoken it would go unnoticed, but it is wrong in writing.

Corrected:

It is the story of a complex relationship and clashing ideologies between a father and son, set against the backdrop of the kidnapping industry.

(I've added a comma after "son", to break up the sentence. It's not required, but I prefer it.)

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