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Cross-media Studies as a Method to Uncover Patterns of Silence and Linguistic Discrimination of Sexual Minorities in Ugandan Print Media

  • Cecilia Strand
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Part of the Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse book series (PSDS)

Abstract

Ugandan sexual minorities have historically experienced varying degrees of explicit discriminatory coverage in traditional media outlets as well as denial of voice in matters of direct concern to the LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-, Trans-, Queer and Intersexuals) community. This study approached the question whether social media can open up new spaces for Ugandan minorities to counter exclusion from discourse production processes with ensuing exclusion and discursive discrimination. Through a cross-media research design, where the two largest daily newspapers, the privately owned the Daily Monitor and the state-run New Vision, are analyzed and positioned against the main sexual minority network’s Twitter flow, the study finds that sexual minorities are seldom provided space for self-representation in print media; an exclusion that enables other discursive discrimination to come into existence. Despite its much lower audience and user base in the Ugandan contexts, Twitter provided a much-needed space for active resistance against prevalent homophobic discourses.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cecilia Strand
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  1. 1.Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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