Madonna or Whore? Representations of prostitution in contemporary British news media

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Madonna or Whore? Representations of prostitution in contemporary British news media

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dc.contributor.author Campbell-Taylor, Harriet
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-15T12:37:05Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-15T12:37:05Z
dc.date.issued 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/30228
dc.description.abstract ThisthesisexploresrepresentationsofconsensualadultsexuallabourwithinBritishnewspapersT​ he Daily Mail​ and ​The Guardian.​ Through an analysis of framing methods informed by the theoretical perspectives of intersectional and postcolonial feminist theory and news media framing, the paper seeks to identify that which contributes towards the dominant representations of particular forms of sex work. It also seeks to position such representations within wider socio-cultural frameworks of reference. An exploration of the ways sex worker voices are utilised contributes to this analysis, through an application of theory surrounding source influence and representation. The thesis then seeks to ask: does the framing of sex workers as it is found within each newspaper produce more or less ‘acceptable’ forms of sex work? And if so, what are the conditions attached to such acceptability? This paper takes a methodological approach of interpretive framing analysis informed by an epistemological perspective of standpoint feminism. An adaptation of Matthes and Kohring’s (2008) framing analysis method is used for the main analytical process, with the analysis of sex worker voices having emerged from an application of theory. TheanalysisresultsindicatethewaysinwhichT​ heDailyMail​produces‘acceptable’sexwork through capitalist understandings of economic productivity. Sex workers are framed in ​The Mail across existings structures of oppression such as gender, race and class, as those who work indoors are affordedaleniencythatoutdoors-workersarenot.FramingswithinT​ heGuardian​arelessovertly presented through valuations of the work itself, and are more focused on the wider impacts of policy. However, articles by anti-prostitution campaigners provide a dominant framing of prostitution as gendered oppression. The outcomes of this research have shown sex work to be framed most consistently through its positioning in relation to existing structures of social or cultural hierarchy. This thesis argues that prostitution is, in each context, constituted through a set of assumed beliefs which are fundamentally connected to perceptions of sex, class-based tropes of social hierarchy and a colonial tendency to exploit those considered to be socially vulnerable through a discursive guise of protection. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle sv_SE
dc.subject prostitution en_US
dc.subject postcolonial feminism en_US
dc.subject intersectional feminism en_US
dc.subject framing theory en_US
dc.subject news values en_US
dc.subject news media en_US
dc.title Madonna or Whore? Representations of prostitution in contemporary British news media en_US
dc.type H1 en_US
dc.setspec.uppsok HumanitiesTheology en_US
dc.contributor.examiner Odumosu, Temi
dc.contributor.supervisor Melin, Margareta
mahlocal.xprt.faculty2019 KS
mahlocal.xprt.institution2019 K3
mahlocal.xprt.program Media and Communication Studies (master)
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