Gender violence or tradition?: media coverage of child/forced marriage in US newspapers

Gupte, Manjusha and Anitha, Sundari (2023) Gender violence or tradition?: media coverage of child/forced marriage in US newspapers. Feminist Media Studies . ISSN 1468-0777

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The news media play an important role in influencing public perceptions and raising awareness of an issue. This research analyzes media framing of child/forced marriage through an examination of six US national newspapers over a ten-year period. It probes how narratives are constructed based on issue perception, blame attribution, and protagonist perceptions. It finds that print media has afforded increasing coverage to minimum marriage age legislation in the US. Mediated by advocacy organizations and survivors, the discourse surrounding child marriage has used a thematic frame as a legal issue with the onus on the state to amend laws facilitating child marriage. Forced marriage of adults has been framed as thematic too, but regarded as a cultural imperative. This culturalization of violence prevents forced marriage from being recognized as gender violence. Thus, while the thematic framing is laudable, the type of thematic framing matters, especially concerning blame attribution and the perceptions of protagonists, to fully comprehend this form of gender violence.

Keywords:forced marriage, child marriage, media framing, gender violence
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:53680
Deposited On:19 Jun 2023 12:08

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