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Contextualizing Stereotypical Public Images of Young Immigrant Women in the Swedish News Media : A Social Psychological Approach
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2008 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

With a social psychological and social identity approach, this paper aims to describe and contextualize public images and stereotypes of young immigrant women in the Swedish news media. Over recent years, news concerning this particular target group has been dominated by the subject of honour related violence. A theoretical framework is proposed in which processes of social identity, categorization, stereotyping and othering are linked to the media context. The review of media images from the 1970’s through the present age shows a clear trend in portraying young immigrant women as victims of an oppressive (immigrant) culture. Moreover, the stereotype of today is two-folded as it includes the older passive and a new active positioning. The pattern detected in the material – mainly secondary data – holds that the young immigrant women are objectified and treated as the Other (oriental) woman. Also important in victimizing this ethnicized and gendered Other, is Sweden’s self-identification as a gender equal state. The paper underscores the need for further research on social identity processes among young women of Middle Eastern descent whose public images are influenced by a victimizing stereotype in the news media.

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stereotype, media image, young immigrant women, social identity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-86583OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-86583DiVA: diva2:126454
Internationell migration: utmaningar och möjligheter
Paper presented at the following conference: INTERNATIONELL MIGRATION - utmaningar och möjligheter: ett interdisciplinärt samtal,CEIFO, Stockholms universtitet, Sweden, 3 October 2008Available from: 2008-11-19 Created: 2008-11-17 Last updated: 2010-11-17Bibliographically approved

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