Minority within a Minority?: Representation of Palestinian Arab Female Citizens in Israeli Mainstream Press

ULUSLARARASI İLİŞKİLER, VOLUME 14, NUMBER 56, 2017 

Umut KOLDAŞ*

ABSTRACT

This article examines instrumental role of Israeli mainstream press in the processes of “coalescing” and “controlled otherization” in line with the ethnic, gendered and ethno-gendered hegemonies. The article indicates that Israeli mainstream press generally undermines the gendered inequalities in Israel, while coalescing the Israel’s Palestinian/ Arab female citizens who embrace their Israeliness, and otherizing the ones, who structurally criticize the dominant Israeli structure. Research underlying this article’s analysis is supported by critical discourse analysis of news articles and editorials in Israel’s five mostly circulated and internationally accessible Israeli newspapers, which also have online versions. The texts have been examined by referring to their ideological backgrounds through the theoretical lenses of critical media approaches. In order to better contextualize the ideological links of the texts with the Israeli dominant discourse, the article also refers to studies on the general status of women in Israel, historical evolution of status of Palestinian/Arab female citizens of Israel, representation of women and Palestinian/Arab citizens of Israel in Israeli media. On theoretical grounds, the article confirms the main arguments of critical media studies on the instrumental role of mainstream media in dissemination of dominant ideologies on ethnic, gendered and ethno-gendered grounds.

Keywords: Israel, Mainstream Press, Female Palestinian/Arab Citizens, Representation, Hegemony, Patriarchy

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* Assoc. Prof. Dr., Near East Institute and Department of International Relations, Near East University, North Cyprus.


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