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Terrorists, Heroes and Homeland: How race and gender are negotiated to create meaning in terrorism TV

Pears, Louise Katherine (2015) Terrorists, Heroes and Homeland: How race and gender are negotiated to create meaning in terrorism TV. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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Abstract

This research is an anti-racist, feminist challenge to the representation of terrorism and counter-terrorism which aims to disrupt the creation of insecurity stories that have led to an increase in anti-Muslim racisms, reified traditional gender roles and enabled particular ‘counter-terrorist’ violences. This thesis builds on the growing work that takes the role of popular culture seriously in Security Studies. It draws on a new set of data that includes a systematic analysis of the television show Homeland and focus groups with Homeland viewers in Britain. It shows how gendered and racialised terrorism stories in Homeland shape our understanding of what terrorism is. This thesis traces the connections between identities and texts, representation and understanding, politics and culture. This thesis explores how this terrorism story rearticulates gendered and racialised logics of counter-terrorism, but it also pays critical attention to where these discourses are exceeded or resisted to draw out the deconstructive potential within these new characterisations and stories. This thesis is concerned with how audiences make meaning for security as they consume popular culture. It brings in approaches from Television Studies to Security Studies in order to theorise the process of meaning creation for audiences of television. This synthesis enables an original contribution to the way terrorism on television is studied and understood.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: terrorism, television, gender, security, counter-terrorism, race, Homeland, war on terror, popular culture, International Relations, feminist security studies, critical terrorism studies
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mrs Louise Katherine Pears
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 13:17
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2016 13:17
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/13273

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