Dependent Empowerment: Gender and Race in Images of African Development

  • Author / Creator
    Kamphuis, Melissa
  • 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.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2014
  • Type of Item
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
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