Femicide and the politics of acknowledgement : a feminist analysis of news representations of lethal male violence against women

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dc.contributor.advisor Byers, Michele, 1971-
dc.coverage.spatial Canada
dc.creator Lafrance, Laure E.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:31:47Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:31:47Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.other PN4784 C8 L34 2005
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22281
dc.description vii, 323 leaves ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 316-323).
dc.description.abstract In analyzing four specific cases of femicide covered in Canadian national newspapers through a feminist poststructuralist framework, this thesis demonstrates that femicide cases are regularly explained as isolated acts of violence. This thesis examines how specific language and discourses chosen by the news media obscure the gendered and sexist meanings of the violence taken out on women's bodies. This project challenges the dominant patriarchal discourses implicit in newspaper coverage and questions how false, problematic, representations of femicides perpetuate ignorance of systemic gender inequalities in our society. The argument presented throughout the thesis explains that if the media used the gender-specific terminology of "femicide," they would be directing attention to women's inequality in society and the politics underlying women's deaths. Redefining language and recreating language in feminist terms, therefore, is not only a form of resistance to patriarchal power but it also allows for creating and taking part in new political spaces of power.
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dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Dalhousie University : Mount Saint Vincent University : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc PN4784.C8
dc.subject.lcsh Murder -- Press coverage
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Crimes against
dc.subject.lcsh Crime and the press
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Press coverage
dc.subject.lcsh Sex discrimination against women
dc.title Femicide and the politics of acknowledgement : a feminist analysis of news representations of lethal male violence against women
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Women's Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Women's Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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