The presentation of women in the gutter press in Tanzania

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University of Dar es Salaam
This dissertation presents a study that examined the presentation of women in two popular gutter newspapers called Ijumaa and Ijumaa Wikienda. The discussion centers on how language use in these papers manifests unequal relations between women and men in Tanzania by presenting men as dominant and women as a subordinate group. The study adopts Critical Discourse Analysis to examine the data obtained from lead stories in these papers. It adopts Fairclough (1992) Social Theory of Discourse which views language as a social process. The aim is to see how language as a social process perpetuates unequal power relations between men and women in the gutter news reports in the country. The study reveals a stereotypical presentation of women where they are portrayed as powerless, dependant and subordinate to men. Moreover it also reveals that there are women whose language use suggests that they accept roles and images assigned to them. The study also observes that women are more prone to harsh judgments as opposed to men in the gutter news reports. The study reveals that some women agree with these judgments because they reflect the societal belief over the roles and identities of women.
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Gratisia M. (2012). The presentation of women in the gutter press in Tanzania. Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Available at (