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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
    2014-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3TH8BW28
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Political Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Smith, Malinda (Political Science)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Read, Daphne (English and Film Studies)
    • Okeke, Phil (Women's and Gender Studies)