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Sex, Football and the Media: The case of South Africa and the World Cup 2010
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism. Stockholms universitet.
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. Vol. 4, p. 25-48
Keywords [en]
trafficking, prostitution, gender, journalism, South Africa, transition, 2010 FIFA World Cup, mega-event, soccer, football
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-18889OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-18889DiVA, id: diva2:621226
Available from: 2013-05-14 Created: 2013-05-14 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)
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
South Africa, Zambia, Uganda, Nigeria, Ethiopia, journalism, gender, logic, Bourdieu, intersectionality
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Media and Communications Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40157 (URN)978-91-88212-61-0 (ISBN)978-91-88212-63-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-06-02, 13:15
Available from: 2020-02-07 Created: 2020-02-07 Last updated: 2020-02-07Bibliographically approved

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