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Women Terrorists and Violent Actors in the Lens of the Media in Kenya: 1980-2019.

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Bosibori, Catheline N.:
Women Terrorists and Violent Actors in the Lens of the Media in Kenya: 1980-2019.
In: East African Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Vol. 5 (2 February 2022) Issue 1 . - pp. 8-21.
ISSN 2707-5303
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Despite the increasing role of women in violence and terrorist - related activities across the globe, stereotypes depicting violence and terrorism as a male sphere continue to shape and, in some cases, prevent the authentic presentation of women terrorists and violent actors. Essentially, war and violence are attributed to men and masculine traits. Accordingly, women are mainly presented as intrinsically vulnerable, coerced actors, or violence victims in violence and terrorism. The media plays an essential role in disseminating information about terrorism and violence to the public. However, it does not operate in a vacuum, and thus, reportage of violence and terrorism at times reflects the prevailing cultural gender stereotypes of war and violence. This paper explores how the media present women terrorists and violent actors in Kenya. It also explores how this presentation impac ts security initiatives and counter - terrorism strategies in the country. The paper uses accessible evidence from media reports on various female terrorists, terrorist attacks, and security operations to examine these aspects. It argues that the media label s women terrorists as vulnerable and focuses on their age, physical outlook, and statuses rather than the violent act perpetrated. Such presentation paints an image of irrational, naïve, coerced female terrorists and victims of violence. Accordingly, the p aper recommends that the media - mediated images must not influence the implementation of anti - terror and violence policies since they do not necessarily reflect the reality on the ground .

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Keywords: Women; Terrorism; Violence; Terrorist; Gender; Stereotype; Media; Masculinity; Femininity; Counter; Kenya
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems, social services
900 History and geography > 900 History
900 History and geography > 960 History of Africa
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Professor History of Africa > Professor History of Africa - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Joël Glasman
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Professor History of Africa
Language: English
Originates at UBT: Yes
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-6842-8
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2023 07:32
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2023 07:06


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