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Subject/Keyword
Visual Imagery
Intersectionality
International Development
Narrative
Media
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Kamphuis, Melissa
Supervisor and department
Smith, Malinda (Political Science)
Examining committee member and department
Read, Daphne (English and Film Studies)
Okeke, Phil (Women's and Gender Studies)
Department
Department of Political Science
Specialization

Date accepted
2013-12-23T14:27:30Z
Graduation date
2014-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis examines the way gender and race intersect to produce a narrative of Africa as a place in need of development. Combining a theory of intersectionality as the interaction between race, gender, and class with the power relationships represented in and constituted by visual imagery, this thesis discusses the ways videos produced by the Because I Am A Girl Campaign and CARE USA represent women and girl children in Africa. It finds that while these organisations outwardly support the empowerment of women and girl children in Africa, each (unintentionally) reproduces gendered and race-based stereotypes that contribute to a narrative of Africa as a place in need of and dependent upon external development projects.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3TH8BW28
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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