The American mainstream media have traditionally represented Middle Eastern women as powerless victims with no voice and no agency. While this is a relatively well-known problem, what sometimes gets less attention are the ways Middle Eastern-American women actually think and feel about these stereotypical and problematic representations, and how they struggle to counter these representations with their own media engagement, and possibly gaining empowerment on a variety of media platforms, including digital, alternative, and social media. This thesis presents a qualitative research on Middle Eastern-American women involved in the media through a series of interviews with the women themselves, in which the research outlines the structural challenges and cultural barriers they face in attaining empowerment and equal representation. This research concludes with the argument that although the digital media are seen to be useful in effecting social transformation, structural and cultural transformations within the mass media are critically crucial in regard to Middle Eastern-American women’s representation and empowerment.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 81/3(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Middle Eastern Studies, Womens studies, Communication, Personality psychology|
|Keywords:||Agency, Digital media, Empowerment, Gender, Identity, Media representation, Middle Eastern women, Middle Eastern-American|
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