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Constructing the woman in full-face veil: A study on the discourse in the British media regarding women wearing full-face veil with focus on postcolonial theory and identity creation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to try to understand the discourse in the British media regarding women wearing full-face veil. Women wearing full-face veil are portrayed in the British press as isolated from society, undignified, oppressed by their men and subservient and submissive, but also, although in much smaller proportions, as individuals capable of making their own decisions. The desire to describe these women and to understand them seems endless. According to postcolonial theorist Edward W. Said, the West has for a very long time described the East (or the “Orient”) in a very demeaning manner to create its own identity via this pair of opposite concepts. Postcolonial feminist theory claims that the West describes third world women as oppressed and non-secularised to create the Western women’s own self presentation as everything that the third world woman is not. By analysing news articles from three different newspapers in Britain we can recognise a discourse which contains certain values and norms that are incredibly similar to the ones found in postcolonial theory. This paper argues that the West still to this day portrays the East in a certain way to create its own self image of excellence and superiority.

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2012. , 33 p.
Keyword [en]
Postcolonialism, stigmatization, neocolonialism, the other
National Category
Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-84893OAI: diva2:581773
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-01-16 Created: 2013-01-02 Last updated: 2013-01-16Bibliographically approved

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