logo

Cosmos

The Centre on Social Movement Studies

logo

The Politics of Media Gender Equality. Lessons learned and struggles for change twenty years after the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women

Claudia Padovani and Elena Pavan

With the aim of contributing to a better understanding of persisting inequalities and emerging challenges in the gender policy domain, this special issue of ComPol brings together articles that reflect the diversity and richness of scholarly approaches to gender and media today, with a special focus on the politics of media gender equality – a topic that seems to have attracted so far only marginal attention by researchers worldwide.

Type: Special Issue
Year: 2017

With the aim of contributing to a better understanding of persisting inequalities and emerging challenges, this special issue of ComPol brings together articles that reflect the diversity and richness of scholarly approaches to gender and media today, with a special focus on the politics of media gender equality – a topic that seems to have attracted so far only marginal attention by researchers worldwide. Gathering contributions from different regions of the world, this collection presents explorations on policy measures adopted at the national level or by media organizations; and critically reflects on existing provisions, policy discourses, and the potential for diverse voices to speak and be heard in mainstream, alternative and digital media. It also explores the frames, the discourses and the norms that result in and, at the same time, reflect the historical variability of gender (in)equality in the media. It investigates political communication in relation to languages and narratives, and digital media usage by female politicians. It offers revised analytical perspectives that help clarifying the policy dimension of what we define «media gender equality regimes». Finally, it offers new empirical evidence on mediated gender inequalities, taking advantage of the potential of emerging computer-assisted research techniques.

Table of Contents

Essays

  • Claudia Padovani and Elena Pavan, The Politics of Media Gender Equality. Lessons learned and struggles for change twenty years after the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Wome
  • Margaret Gallagher, Gender and Media. A critical analysis 20 years after Beijing
  • Iva Nenadic and Alina Ostling,Public Service Media in Europe. Gender equality policies and the representation of women in decision-making roles
  • Carolina Justo von Lurzer, Gender and Sexualities in Contemporary Communication Policies in Argentina
  • Barbara Gaweda, The Recent Uprising against Gender Equality. Exploring the discursive construction of the «war on genderism» in Poland
  • Maria Stover and Elza Ibroscheva, #ImWithHer. Hillary Clinton’s strategic use of Twitter during the 2016 presidential campaign

Strumenti

  • Abigail Odozi Ogwezzy-Ndisika, Faith Aanu Oloruntoba and Babatunde Adeshina Faustino, Gender Responsive Election Coverage in Nigeria. A score card of 2015 general elections
  • Nagamallika Gudipaty, Gendered Public Spaces. Online trolling of women journalists in India
  • Jocelyn Burbach, Female Politicians and the Use of Twitter for Identity Construction
  • Elena Pavan, Sara Tonelli and Giovanni Moretti, Leveraging Big Data to Study Media Discourse on Equal Opportunities. Insights from a pilot study on Italy
Padovani, C. and E. Pavan (2017). The Politics of Media Gender Equality. Lessons learned and struggles for change twenty years after the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women. Special Issue of Comunicazione Politica (ComPol), 2/2017.

https://www.rivisteweb.it/issn/1594-6061

News

06/10/2017

Open Democracy Post - "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

alt
Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. This post at Open Democracy addresses this issue from a different angle.

24/09/2017

New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

alt
A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

alt
Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Monograph - 2017

Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis

Donatella Della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos and Anna Subirats Ribas
Out now "Social movements and referendum from below", the first book that bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. It draws on social movement theory to understand the nature of popular mobilisation in referendums using unique case studies such as the referendum on independence in Scotland, the consultations on independence in Catalonia, the Italian referendum on water, the referendum on the Troika proposals in Greece and the referendum on the debt repayment in Iceland.