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What’s love got to do with it? Framing ‘JihadJane’ in the US press

Conway, Maura and McInerney, Lisa (2012) What’s love got to do with it? Framing ‘JihadJane’ in the US press. Media, War & Conflict , 5 (1). pp. 6-21. ISSN 1750-6352

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to compare and contrast the US press coverage accorded to female terrorist plotter, Colleen LaRose, with that of two male terrorist plotters in order to test whether assertions in the academic literature regarding media treatment of women terrorists stand up to empirical scrutiny. The authors employed TextSTAT software to generate frequency counts of all words contained in 150 newspaper reports on their three subjects and then slotted relevant terms into categories fitting the commonest female terrorist frames, as identified by Nacos’s article in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (2005). The authors’ findings confirm that women involved in terrorism receive significantly more press coverage and are framed vastly differently in the US press than their male counterparts.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:female; framing; jihadi; Colleen LaRose; newspapers; press; women
Subjects:Social Sciences > Gender
Social Sciences > International relations
Social Sciences > Terrorism
Social Sciences > Ethnicity
Social Sciences > Communication
Social Sciences > Mass media
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Sage
Official URL:http://www.sagepub.com/journalsProdDesc.nav?prodId=Journal201796#tabview=title
Copyright Information:© 2012 Sage
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17636
Deposited On:06 Dec 2012 11:41 by Maura Conway. Last Modified 24 Sep 2013 16:19

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