Article published in:Discourse, Politics and Women as Global Leaders
Edited by John Wilson and Diana Boxer
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 63] 2015
► pp. 169–192
Chapter 7. Women in politics and the media
The discursive construction of collaboration for female leadership in Cameroon
This chapter analyses discursive construction of collaboration of women in politics and the media in Cameroon. Using interviews and data from print and audio-visual media, we examine how female journalists and politicians strategically exploit opportunities and gaps within the system to increase numbers of women in decision making positions. We analyze data using Critical Discourse Analysis (Wodak & Meyer 2009). We identify discourses of collaboration and discourses that subvert traditional gender ideologies about women as not public (in politics and media). Drawing on discourses such as “the sisterhood discourse,” female journalists and politicians collaborate to exploit systemic gaps such as shortage of media programs to include programs that empower women or conduct interviews highlighting women’s voices and equality discourse.
Keywords: Cameroon, collaboration, Gender, media, politics
Published online: 30 October 2015
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