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"Domestic Violence is not a Virus": An analysis of media coverage on intimate partner violence during the Coronavirus pandemic 2020
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Media and Communication Studies.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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Abstract [en]

This study uses the approach of Feminist Critical Discourse Studies to examine news reporting on intimate partner violence during the Coronavirus pandemic 2020. Newspaper articles of the German Süddeutsche Zeitung, the US-American New York Times and the Indian Times of India are analysed in a content analysis. By using several tools of CDS, differences, and similarities regarding the (lack of) social context and the shift of blame and responsibility are found. These were several times connected with underlying gendered ideologies. The most striking differences are the shift of responsibility that was found most clearly in the Indian sample and less in the German one, as well as the presence of the view of victims that were likewise present most common in the articles of the Times of India. In the US-American sample journalists concentrated mostly on portraying intimate partner violence in all its details, seriousness, and diverse faces. The journalists of the German articles, however, clarified mostly for their readers that domestic violence is not the result of the current pandemic but rather triggered by it. In general, a clear connection between intimate partner violence and gender inequality as well as power imbalance are missing throughout the whole sample.

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2020. , p. 36
Keywords [en]
Intimate partner violence, Feminist Critical Discourse Studies, Coronavirus
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Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-50707ISRN: JU-HLK-MKA-2-20200329OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-50707DiVA, id: diva2:1471324
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HLK, Media and Communication Studies
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2020-09-04, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2020-09-29 Created: 2020-09-28 Last updated: 2020-09-29Bibliographically approved

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