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Battling the "invisible nets": gender in the fields of journalism in sub-Saharan Africa
Göteborgs universitet.
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Battling the ‘invisible nets’ studies journalism as a gendered practice in sub-Saharan Africa. This thesis analyses the gender logic in the field of journalism by examining how structures of gender, class and race interact to create barriers and opportunities for black women journalists and media managers. The empirical focus is on South Africa but also includes Zambia, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Uganda. The theoretical framework is inspired by French socio- logist Pierre Bourdieu and the appropriation of his theories by Toril Moi. Inspired by an ethnographic approach, five empirical studies examine the lived experiences of black women journalists. The thesis also examines how gender logic operates in the field of journalism in South Africa on a detailed level by analysing reporting and editorial discussions concerning a specific gender-sensitive topic during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The results of the thesis show the South African context is unique in the way it shapes opportunities and obstacles for women in the field of journalism, and how black women journalists act in order to navigate the ‘invisible nets’ and succeed in the field.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet, 2017. , p. 90
Series
Publications by the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG), ISSN 1101-4652
Keywords [en]
South Africa, Zambia, Uganda, Nigeria, Ethiopia, journalism, gender, logic, Bourdieu, intersectionality
National Category
Media and Communications Gender Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40157Libris ID: 20800821ISBN: 978-91-88212-61-0 (print)ISBN: 978-91-88212-63-4 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-40157DiVA, id: diva2:1392405
Public defence
2017-06-02, 13:15
Available from: 2020-02-07 Created: 2020-02-07 Last updated: 2020-02-07Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Rapport från regnbågsredaktionen: En studie om kvinnors erfarenheter av att verka som journalister i Sydafrika
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rapport från regnbågsredaktionen: En studie om kvinnors erfarenheter av att verka som journalister i Sydafrika
2010 (Swedish)In: Nordicom Information, ISSN 0349-5949, Vol. 32, no 1, p. 61-73Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nordicom, 2010
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-12263 (URN)
Note

Translated in dissertation with title: Report from the Rainbow Newsdesk: A study about women’s experiences working as journalists in South Africa.

Available from: 2011-10-18 Created: 2011-10-18 Last updated: 2020-02-07Bibliographically approved
2. ‘Hitting the glass ceiling’: gender and media management in sub-saharan africa
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘Hitting the glass ceiling’: gender and media management in sub-saharan africa
2011 (English)In: Journal of African Media Studies, ISSN 2040-199X, E-ISSN 1751-7974, Vol. 3, no 3, p. 401-415Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to discuss the importance of gender in editorial leadership in African countries. Women in leading positions in the media industry work in a traditionally male-dominated area. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were carried out with five women on their work in media management in Zambia, Uganda, Nigeria and Ethiopia in order to explore how a group of female media managers in a non-western setting manage both their gendered identity and their identity as media professionals. This study challenges a western-based understanding of the role of gender in newsroom cultures. Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of capital is used as an analytical instrument. The study suggests that female gender is regarded as a positive capital, which contradicts other studies of women in media management. Another conclusion is that the ‘velvet ghetto’ is spreading, as women in journalism receive low salaries, if any.

Keywords
journalism, media management, development, Bourdieu, Africa
National Category
Media Studies
Research subject
Other research area
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-16869 (URN)10.1386/jams.3.3.401_1 (DOI)000300370600007 ()2-s2.0-84855444902 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2012-08-08 Created: 2012-08-08 Last updated: 2020-02-07Bibliographically approved
3. Women Climbing the Ladder: Experiences of Affirmative Action in South Africa
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Women Climbing the Ladder: Experiences of Affirmative Action in South Africa
2014 (English)In: Global Media Journal: African edition, ISSN 2073-2740, E-ISSN 2073-2740, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 30-62Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to examine what effect an extensive affirmative action programme has had on a group of black women in the South African media, and how they perceive how existing power structures affect their everyday experiences within their respective media companies. The empirical base is an interview study with eight black women who hold or held top editorial positions in South Africa. Drawing on Bourdieu’s field theory, the results suggest that there is an escape from journalism as other forms of symbolic capital have not managed to outweigh the negative capital of being a black woman in South African journalism.

Keywords
South Africa, gender, journalism, Bourdieu
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-24332 (URN)10.5789/8-1-155 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-08-05 Created: 2014-08-05 Last updated: 2020-02-07Bibliographically approved
4. Gender and leadership divides in sub Saharan newsrooms
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gender and leadership divides in sub Saharan newsrooms
(English)In: Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
National Category
Media and Communications Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40159 (URN)
Note

As manuscript in dissertation

Available from: 2020-02-07 Created: 2020-02-07 Last updated: 2020-02-07Bibliographically approved
5. Sex, Football and the Media: The case of South Africa and the World Cup 2010
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sex, Football and the Media: The case of South Africa and the World Cup 2010
2013 (English)In: Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum, ISSN 2000-088X, E-ISSN 2000-088X, Vol. 4, p. 25-48Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines how gender interplays with the news agenda during a very large scale event, in a country still undergoing political transition and where journalism plays a significant role in the nation-building process. The present study brings new knowledge to this area by examining the news agendas in South Africa on a specific gender-related issue: the rights of sex workers and trafficking victims, concerning men and children as well, but women in particular. This issue is often debated in connection with global sports events such as the World Cup. Drawing on interviews with media practitioners and on discourse analysis, the purpose of this study was to examine the news discourse on sex labour and trafficking and the connection with the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The findings suggest that the media discourse during the event was permeated with the rhetoric of nation-building. The combination of sport, media, and nationalism in a country in transition resulted in the ‘symbolic annihilation’ (Tuchman, 1978b) of a specific gender issue.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: , 2013
Keywords
trafficking, prostitution, gender, journalism, South Africa, transition, 2010 FIFA World Cup, mega-event, soccer, football
National Category
Media Studies
Research subject
Other research area
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-18889 (URN)
Available from: 2013-05-14 Created: 2013-05-14 Last updated: 2020-02-07Bibliographically approved

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