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The Gangster and the Bride: The Media Representation of Masculinity and Femininity in News Coverage of Jihadi Terrorists
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), School of Arts and Communication (K3).
Univ Portsmouth, Sch Area Studies Sociol Hist Polit & Literature, Portsmouth, England..
2023 (English)In: Terrorism and Political Violence, ISSN 0954-6553, E-ISSN 1556-1836, article id 2244083Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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When European nationals left to join Islamic State, the media extensively reported on many of these individuals. Women's news coverage had a recurrent narrative-the "jihadi bride." Academic research has strived to analyse the nature of this coverage, effectively critiquing the narrative. Male jihadists have received limited attention in research on the roles of gender and media. This article seeks to contribute to a gap in knowledge concerning the comparative aspects of gendered representations by evaluating the differences between male and female news media coverage of two high-profile cases: the British woman Shamima Begum and the German man Denis Cuspert. Key findings show that Begum is primarily framed as a reject of British society and a "doubly deviant" woman. Cuspert is portrayed as radical, charismatic, active, and influential over youth. While aligning with previous research on gendered media tropes, this study advances knowledge by demonstrating how each individual's framing does not merely emphasise gendered personality traits but also connects to broader societal and political factors in domestic contemporary cultural settings.

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Routledge, 2023. article id 2244083
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Media, gender, jihadism, terrorism, representation, masculinity, femininity, framing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-62494DOI: 10.1080/09546553.2023.2244083ISI: 001053991400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85169089614OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-62494DiVA, id: diva2:1796874
Available from: 2023-09-13 Created: 2023-09-13 Last updated: 2024-05-28Bibliographically approved

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