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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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Abstract in another language

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,
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
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Women; Terrorism; Violence; Terrorist; Gender; Stereotype; Media; Masculinity; Femininity; Counter; Kenya
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
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
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
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2023 07:10
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2023 07:03