Gender and racial stereotyping in rape coverage : an analysis of rape coverage in Grocott's Mail

Bonnes, Stephanie Marie (2010) Gender and racial stereotyping in rape coverage : an analysis of rape coverage in Grocott's Mail. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




This thesis analyzes rape coverage in a Grahamstown newspaper, Grocott’s Mail. Critical discourse analysis is used to discuss and analyze articles about rape that appear in Grocott’s Mail between October 14th 2008 and October 29th 2009. Drawing on existing literature on ‘rape myths’ in media coverage of rape, this thesis argues that Grocott’s Mail perpetuates racial and gender stereotypes through the way in which it reports on rape. While not all of the articles included in the analysis use rape myths, most use one or more when discussing rape incidents. Specifically, Grocott’s Mail tends to use rape myths that blame the victim for the rape and de-emphasize the role of the perpetrator in the rape. This is problematic as it sustains existing racial and gender inequalities.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Grocott's Mail (Grahamstown, South Africa), Rape in mass media, Rape - South Africa, Stereotypes (Social psychology) in mass media, Sexism in mass media, Racism in mass media, Women - Crimes against - South Africa, Violence in mass media, Sex discrimination against women|zSouth Africa, Journalism - South Africa - Grahamstown
Subjects:J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Political Studies and International Studies
Supervisors:Matthews, Sally (Dr)
ID Code:1786
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:12 May 2011 10:37
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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