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FGM in Swedish press: A dissertation examining the journalistic coverage of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Swedish press
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

What topics are discussed within the female genital mutilation debate? And who gets to speak out? Are there any prominent patterns able to detect?

This thesis tries to elaborate these thoughts examining the journalistic coverage of FGM in Swedish newspapers during the year of 2016. A content analysis of all published newspapers during the year of interest sets the empirical basis, and is supported by interviews with journalists covering the issue.

The dissertation holds a constructionist approach meaning that the perception of reality is constructed, and thereof differs. This approach also clarifies that there is no constant truth, but several. Findings within the empirical data are mainly discussed connected to feminist theory as well as the concept of agenda-setting, eventually involving discussions about human rights issue as a value for journalism. What is clear here is that women are overrepresented within the debate, and are depicted as strong individuals, are seldom victimized or depicted in stereotyped gender roles as opposed by scholars. Meanwhile, participating journalists are somewhat semi-aware about their own portrayals since they opine that they are focusing on representing female characters in their articles. This might indicate that the FGM debate is unilaterally represented in some ways. The result also shows a clear pattern in representing FGM in media as a global issue treating the prevalence of FGM around the world, even when a domestic perspective is used. The issue of interest is also perceived as a procedure aiming to control women and/or their sexuality in a quite vast extent, scholarly as well as empirically 

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2017. , 86 p.
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Female genital mutilation, FGM, content analysis, semi-structured interviews, journalists, human rights, honour, agenda-setting, encoding/decoding, feminist theory, Swedish press
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-144056OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-144056DiVA: diva2:1107434
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