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‘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.

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2011. Vol. 3, no 3, p. 401-415
Keywords [en]
journalism, media management, development, Bourdieu, Africa
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Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-16869DOI: 10.1386/jams.3.3.401_1ISI: 000300370600007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84855444902OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-16869DiVA, id: diva2:543601
Available from: 2012-08-08 Created: 2012-08-08 Last updated: 2020-02-07Bibliographically approved
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1. Battling the "invisible nets": gender in the fields of journalism in sub-Saharan Africa
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Battling the "invisible nets": gender in the fields of journalism in sub-Saharan Africa
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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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.

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Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet, 2017. p. 90
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Publications by the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG), ISSN 1101-4652
Keywords
South Africa, Zambia, Uganda, Nigeria, Ethiopia, journalism, gender, logic, Bourdieu, intersectionality
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Media and Communications Gender Studies
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urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40157 (URN)978-91-88212-61-0 (ISBN)978-91-88212-63-4 (ISBN)
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2017-06-02, 13:15
Available from: 2020-02-07 Created: 2020-02-07 Last updated: 2020-02-07Bibliographically approved

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