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The Political Representation of Women in Mass Media Discourse in the Czech Republic 1990-1998

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Havelkova, Hana

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Abstract Analyzes the role of various categories of intelligentsia in establishing the terms of public discourse, as well as specific & general perceptions of the gender dimension of Czech politics & gender stereotypes in the context of politics. Data are drawn from articles explicitly dealing with the subject in the major Czech dailies & selected magazines. A typology of the attitudes embodied in these articles is developed, & their authors classified in terms of profession, sex, age, & political affiliations. Analysis confirms that media workers are weak in their response to public opinion & use of experts, & are principally aligned with attitudes directly derived from the sphere of politics. In relation to the issue of the political representation of women, the media has affected public discourse by both opening it &, paradoxically, blocking it. Nevertheless, gender stereotypes have been undergoing special modifications in the context of political representation.
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Mass Communication; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Free Keywords Czech Republic; Political Participation; Females; Mass Media Effects; Sexual Inequality; Intelligentsia; Discourse; Sex Stereotypes; Public Sphere; Social Attitudes
Document language English
Publication Year 1999
Page/Pages p. 145-165
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 7 (1999) 2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications