Feminism in the News: Representations of the Women's Movement Since the 1960s

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Mendes, Kaitlynn (2011)
  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Subject: Feminism | discourse analysis | newspapers | Britain | United States | representation

Feminism in the News is a detailed exploration of how the women's movement, its members, and their goals were represented in eight British and American newspapers between 1968 and 2008 – a period covering the height of the Second Wave, and a more contemporary Third Wave. Examining over 1100 news articles, the book analyses the nuanced ways feminism has historically been supported, marginalized and debated in the mainstream press.Mendes asks questions such as: How have feminists and the women's movement been historically represented over time and space? What problems and solutions have been provided regarding women's subordinate position in society? Who has the power to frame feminism and how do they do it? What is feminism seen to be fighting for today? In addition to tracing coverage over a forty year period, this book raises questions about the future of feminism, and what journalists and activists can do to help reclaim the F-Word.
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