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Title: Governing through News : Ugandan newspapers, sexual minorities and the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014
Author: Ashworth, Michael
ISNI:       0000 0004 7968 263X
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2019
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In this thesis, I seek to account for the emergence of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014 (AHA), a law which in Bill-form called for the death penalty for serial offenders of the newly created offence of 'homosexuality'. However, I do so by turning away from the formal channels of law and law-making, focussing instead on the news media. Drawing on a Foucauldian governmentality framework, I suggest that the AHA was a particular manifestation of broader governmental assemblage which took homosexuality as its target and sought to manage it out of existence. Just as law is one sphere through which governmental power can be exercised, so too, is the news media. Newspapers are therefore reconceptualised as technologies of government, through which particular rationalities, logics or strategies of power are realised. As such, I identify three interrelated means by which Ugandan newspapers were implicated in the government of sexual minorities in the years leading up to the AHA: first, through the slow constitution of homosexuality as a multi-headed problem of increasing urgency; second, by circulating disgust towards homosexuality through its repeated association with objects commonly regarded as disgusting; and third, by disseminating a spectacular performance of resistance by sexual minority human rights activists, which galvanised and incited opposition to homosexuality.
Supervisor: Cowan, David ; Bibbings, Lois Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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