publication . Bachelor thesis . 2016

Help or hinder? : Journalists affecting the future of female genital mutilation in a patriarchal society

Hallonsten, Sofia;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Publisher: Uppsala universitet, Teologiska institutionen
  • Country: Sweden
Is it possible to cover an issue as a journalist to the extent that you are practically a human rights activist, and still contribute to its continuation by unconsciously upholding the values causing the issue? This study asks the question if journalists help or hinder the elimination of female genital mutilation (FGM), and puts forth the thesis that journalists as a collective in fact are affecting the development more negatively through their attitudes than positively through their actions. The study consists of a theoretical analysis connecting to patriarchy and post-colonialism, and a field study from Tanzania where journalists are interviewed. The theoretic...
free text keywords: Female genital mutilation, female genital cutting, female circumcision, FGM, patriarchy, journalists, media, attitudes, subalternity, double bind, Kvinnlig könsstympning, kvinnlig omskärelse, patriarkat, journalist
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