publication . Article . 2016

Transgressing motherhood: media reports on infanticide

Luísa Saavedra; João Manuel Teixeira Oliveira;
Open Access English
  • Published: 02 Aug 2016
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Country: Portugal
This article seeks to understand the discourses on motherhood elicited by media in news articles dealing with infanticide. Applying thematic analysis, we studied news and online comments of a Portuguese newspaper. The analysis of infanticidal mothers reports two different images of these mothers both constructed and profiled by the media and the readers. Women are more penalized based on their perversity, living in better economic conditions, being employed and married, whether by the media or by the readers. They are absolved in accordance with their mental illnesses or poor social and economic backgrounds.
free text keywords: Social Sciences, Sociology and Political Science, Law, Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, Poison control, Thematic analysis, Newspaper, Portuguese, language.human_language, language, Injury prevention, Injury control, Human factors and ergonomics, Suicide prevention, Gender studies, Medicine, business.industry, business
Funded by
FCT| UID/PSI/03125/2013
Center for Research and Social Intervention
  • Funder: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
  • Project Code: 147229
  • Funding stream: 5876
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