Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Discourse Analysis of Nigerian Feminism
by Okiriguo, Wendy, M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2016, 99; 10128866
Abstract (Summary)

This study interprets the public perceptions of feminism and gender equality in Nigeria as reflected in the media. In recent times, the issue of gender equality has been subject to numerous debates in Nigeria. My interest in this issue stems from the increased awareness of feminism and a growing feminist movement in the country. This thesis details the popular opinions on feminism found on Nigerian blogs, online newspaper columns, social media and the likes. The purpose of this research was to (1) analyze feminism as a discourse in the Nigerian society (2) identify the existing gender issues (3) contribute to the growing body of transnational feminism. The findings reveal the dynamic interplay of gender and culture. The main discourses are centered on the relevance/irrelevance of feminism and the advocacy for the girl child rights. These findings have implications for the larger discourse regarding the correlation between culture and gender equality. Furthermore, findings indicate that issues concerning gender inequality is mostly linked with the cultural expectations of the particular society.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ibroscheva, Elza
Commitee: Kapatomoyo, Musonda, Mishra, Suman
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Mass Communication
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mass communications, Gender studies
Keywords: Feminism, Gender, Media, Nigeria, Women
Publication Number: 10128866
ISBN: 978-1-339-86844-8
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