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Shifted focus: newspaper coverage of female military personnel as casualties of war

Ette, Mercy (2008) Shifted focus: newspaper coverage of female military personnel as casualties of war. Estudos em Comunicação (3). pp. 195-214. ISSN 1646-4974

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Abstract

This article examines newspaper coverage of the capture of a team of British sailors and marines on March 23, 2007 by Iranian Revolutionary guards in a disputed waterway that separates Iran and Iraq. The 15 service personnel were on a UN-authorised anti-smuggling patrol when they were seized and accused of incursion into Iranian territorial water. The article focuses on the coverage of the incident in British newspapers by using media representation of Faye Turney as a case study. It argues that the newspaper discursive practice used was based on the notion of gendered mediation. By focusing on media representation of Leading Seaman Faye Turney in British newspapers, this article attempts to illustrate how conventional news frames used to report military conflict, and which are stereotypical masculine, tend to shift when women are subjects and focus of stories. It will show how gendered mediation helps to conflate issues of gender and social roles in public discourse.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Reproduced with kind permission from Laboratório de Communicaςǎe Conteúdos
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Mercy Ette
Date Deposited: 19 May 2009 13:51
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2015 05:31
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/4385

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