Sociology seminar: Gender, Development and the Media since 1945: It is not a man's world!

Sociology seminar: Gender, Development and the Media since 1945: It is not a man's world!

Sociology Public Seminars Autumn 2015

In collaboration with Gender-ARC; FESTA and Youth Community and Social Regeneration.

Date: 14th October, 12 noon in F1030

Title: Gender, Development and the Media since 1945: It is not a man's world!

Speaker: Dr Jairo Lugo-Ocando, Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds

The issue of gender is of pivotal importance when it comes to how the media represents poverty and development. Nevertheless, it is an area widely under researched in journalism studies. Therefore the paper asks why women are represented in a certain way and what effects does this has on the articulation of news about development. The paper explores gender as a core element in the construction of strategic narratives about development and modernisation, the symbolic appropriation of women's bodies by development policy and how the regimes of pity have been historically set around gender. In so doing, it discusses issues such as the representation of reproductive rights and masculinity in the presentation of development policy to the public and how modernity has been used to advance further restrictive policies towards women.

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