Shape shifting in the conflict zone

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dc.contributor.author Melki, Jad
dc.contributor.author Palmer, Lindsay
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-24T12:10:17Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-24T12:10:17Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-10-24
dc.identifier.issn 1469-9699 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/6422
dc.description.abstract The war journalist is often portrayed as a ruggedly masculine individual who survives on hard work, self-sufficiency, and heroic dedication to the truth in a stoic culture and dangerous environment. Yet, the growing number of female war journalists subtly complicates this traditional narrative. Female war reporters navigate the precariousness of the conflict zone through the strategy of shape shifting—of switching gender performances depending on the environment and the audience. This article examines the shape-shifting phenomenon in the field, relying on 72 qualitative interviews conducted with English- and Arabic-speaking female journalists who have covered various wars and conflicts in the Arab region and beyond. On one level, interviewees say that they can work in precisely the same way as their male counterparts, downplaying their femininity and accentuating their own masculine qualities. On another rather paradoxical level, women war correspondents also sometimes foreground their feminine accessibility and intuition, especially when engaging female sources and entering private spaces inaccessible to male journalists. Finally, female conflict reporters sometimes perform an exaggerated version of feminine weakness or tacitly accept sexist treatment, especially when shape shifting can save them from danger or help them circumvent obstructions. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Shape shifting in the conflict zone en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle the strategic performance of gender in war reporting en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201508744 en_US
dc.author.department Communication Arts en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Journalism Studies en_US
dc.keywords Arab journalism en_US
dc.keywords Gendered news en_US
dc.keywords Journalism and conflict en_US
dc.keywords Media and gender en_US
dc.keywords Media literacy en_US
dc.keywords Trauma journalism en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2016.1161494 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Palmer, L., & Melki, J. (2016). Shape Shifting in the Conflict Zone: The strategic performance of gender in war reporting. Journalism Studies, 1-17. en_US
dc.author.email jmelki@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1461670X.2016.1161494 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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