AbstractsWomens Studies

Muslim women in the media after 9/11. A content analysis of the American and British digital media between 2001 and 2002

by Aleksandra Milinković

Institution: University of Iceland
Year: 2015
Keywords: Stjórnmálafræði
Record ID: 1221672
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1946/20234


The focus of this dissertation is on news articles, which report on Muslim women after 9/11 in the American and British digital media. Thus, the basis for my dissertation is my own research on the subject, explored through gender and feminist theory, while addressing the potential consequences on social constructions through epistemology. News media has had great power over public opinion for many decades. Today, this is even more evident with internet access and individual choice, where one can access information, freely, anywhere in the world. Thus, journalists have great power and great responsibility to spread information while applying ethical principles of integrity, credibility and civility. Journalists hold that privileged position of a mediator between the subjects of their news articles and the public. At times journalists are mediators between the public and politicians. Hence, they are often a tool in the process of justifying political decisions and gaining support for the same. I will attempt to show principal examples, analyze those examples, and approach the subject critically. I rely on academic sources from writers that apply gendered and feminist analysis on the topic of image of Muslim women in the Western media.