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Title: Terrorists, heroes and Homeland : how race and gender are negotiated to create meaning in terrorism TV
Author: Pears, Louise Katherine
ISNI:       0000 0004 5922 7971
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2015
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This research is an anti-racist, feminist challenge to the representation of terrorism and counter-terrorism which aims to disrupt the creation of insecurity stories that have led to an increase in anti-Muslim racisms, reified traditional gender roles and enabled particular ‘counter-terrorist’ violences. This thesis builds on the growing work that takes the role of popular culture seriously in Security Studies. It draws on a new set of data that includes a systematic analysis of the television show Homeland and focus groups with Homeland viewers in Britain. It shows how gendered and racialised terrorism stories in Homeland shape our understanding of what terrorism is. This thesis traces the connections between identities and texts, representation and understanding, politics and culture. This thesis explores how this terrorism story rearticulates gendered and racialised logics of counter-terrorism, but it also pays critical attention to where these discourses are exceeded or resisted to draw out the deconstructive potential within these new characterisations and stories. This thesis is concerned with how audiences make meaning for security as they consume popular culture. It brings in approaches from Television Studies to Security Studies in order to theorise the process of meaning creation for audiences of television. This synthesis enables an original contribution to the way terrorism on television is studied and understood.
Supervisor: Ruth, Holliday ; Ian, Law Sponsor: ESRC
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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