A moral panic? The problematization of forced marriage in British newspapers

Anitha, Sundari and Gill, Aisha (2015) A moral panic? The problematization of forced marriage in British newspapers. Violence Against Women, 21 (9). pp. 1123-1144. ISSN 1077-8012

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This paper examines the British media’s construction of forced marriage as an urgent social problem in a context where other forms of violence against women are not similarly problematised. A detailed analysis of four British newspapers over a ten-year period demonstrates that media reporting of forced marriage constitutes a moral panic in that it is constructed as a cultural problem that threatens Britain’s social order rather than as a specific form of violence against women. Thus, the current problematisation of forced marriage restricts discursive spaces for policy debates and hinders attempts to respond to this problem as part of broader efforts to tackle violence against women.

Keywords:forced marriage, media, NotOAChecked
Subjects:L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:12 Oct 2015 17:07

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