Saudi Women as Decision Makers: Analyzing the Media Portrayal of Female Political Participation in Saudi Arabia
Source of Publication
© 2020 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands. This paper analyzes the contrasting media portrayals of female political participation in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Through a thorough discourse analysis of Saudi, British, and American newspaper articles surrounding the 2015 municipal elections, we scrutinize how the portrayal of women as a subject group has shifted from one that requires the constant approval of guardians in the public sphere to one that makes its own decisions and actively participates in politics. We analyze what types of discourses and frames have supported this drastic shift in official Saudi media discourses. We then contrast these findings with the portrayal of Saudi female political participation in Western countries that claim to uphold human rights and gender equality, in contrast to Saudi Arabia. Finally, we contrast our findings with the perceptions of 50 female Saudis regarding female agency and political participation in Saudi Arabia.
Brill Academic Publishers
Social and Behavioral Sciences
discourse analysis, political participation, Saudi Arabia, women empowerment
Karolak, Magdalena and Guta, Hala, "Saudi Women as Decision Makers: Analyzing the Media Portrayal of Female Political Participation in Saudi Arabia" (2020). All Works. 3022.
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