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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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.
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