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From avengers to heroines: muslim*women dismantling hegemonic discourses

Waibel, Gina LU (2016) SIMV18 20161
Graduate School
Abstract
Hegemonic European discourses about muslim*women reduce the complex living realities of muslim*women to the singular of the gendered and racialized other. This thesis investigates the hegemonic functioning of these discourses and explores postcolonial and queer theoretical approaches for dismantling it. Employing Mouffe and Laclau’s discourse analysis newspaper articles from seven European countries in English, French, and German are analysed. While the studies in case are a Pakistani cartoon series about the veiled super heroine Burka Avenger, and the fighters of the Kurdish women’s protection units YPJ. The analysis shows however, that discourses that are racializing and othering muslim*women can sustain hegemony, by disguising their... (More)
Hegemonic European discourses about muslim*women reduce the complex living realities of muslim*women to the singular of the gendered and racialized other. This thesis investigates the hegemonic functioning of these discourses and explores postcolonial and queer theoretical approaches for dismantling it. Employing Mouffe and Laclau’s discourse analysis newspaper articles from seven European countries in English, French, and German are analysed. While the studies in case are a Pakistani cartoon series about the veiled super heroine Burka Avenger, and the fighters of the Kurdish women’s protection units YPJ. The analysis shows however, that discourses that are racializing and othering muslim*women can sustain hegemony, by disguising their particularities as universal. Going beyond identity politics, a postcolonial queer approach was compiled, focusing on the constitution of subjectivities and possibilities of politicising them. (Less)
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author
Waibel, Gina LU
supervisor
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course
SIMV18 20161
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
Queer theory, postcolonial theory, Muslim, women, racism, nationalism, gender, Europe, discourse analysis
language
English
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8891300
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2016-09-29 16:04:22
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  abstract     = {Hegemonic European discourses about muslim*women reduce the complex living realities of muslim*women to the singular of the gendered and racialized other. This thesis investigates the hegemonic functioning of these discourses and explores postcolonial and queer theoretical approaches for dismantling it. Employing Mouffe and Laclau’s discourse analysis newspaper articles from seven European countries in English, French, and German are analysed. While the studies in case are a Pakistani cartoon series about the veiled super heroine Burka Avenger, and the fighters of the Kurdish women’s protection units YPJ. The analysis shows however, that discourses that are racializing and othering muslim*women can sustain hegemony, by disguising their particularities as universal. Going beyond identity politics, a postcolonial queer approach was compiled, focusing on the constitution of subjectivities and possibilities of politicising them.},
  author       = {Waibel, Gina},
  keyword      = {Queer theory,postcolonial theory,Muslim,women,racism,nationalism,gender,Europe,discourse analysis},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {From avengers to heroines: muslim*women dismantling hegemonic discourses},
  year         = {2016},
}