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A Media Framing Analysis of Child Marriages in Pakistan: What is the Problem Represented to be?
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In November of 2014, The United Nations passed their first resolution on Child, Early and Forced Marriages. The resolution has been though of as a historic one of its kind. Most of the member states have decided to co-sponsor the resolution. One of the countries that first brought up the issue was Pakistan, which has a very young population where many girls are at risk of being victims of child marriages every day. The purpose of this thesis is to conduct a qualitative study in order to shed light on one of the most important issues of Pakistan – child marriage. In order to answer this purpose, news articles of the media were examined with the qualitative method of What’s the problem represented to be? approach by Carol Bacchi. The five biggest newspapers in Pakistan were used to gain the results. Three times periods were chosen, one when a national restraint act was put into power, one when UN adopted its first child marriages resolution and one at a seemingly neutral time period. Only articles that contained certain phrases were chosen and then three answers from Bacchi were answered through the article. Both the articles and the different perspectives of child marriages were shown to be many. The results showed that child marriages seem to be a constant topic on the media agenda, as the issue was widely discussed throughout all time periods. Four aspects of child marriages were found to be the most common and they can explain how child marriage resolutions are failing to be implemented in the society. The four aspects that were the most common ones are: Religion/tradition, Sindh and Punjab, Health/population and Legislation/Council of Islamic Ideology.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, Barnäktenskap, diskurs, mediaanalys, Pakistan
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-56418Local ID: d3085563-e079-4447-80a1-e5cf7e5825c0OAI: diva2:1029805
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Political Science, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20150902 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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