Chapter 11. Governing in the gendered structure of power

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The article discusses the relation of gender and power in journalistic coverage of leading politicians. Looking in detail at the German chancellor Angela Merkel, a qualitative textual analysis of printed news media as well as glossies shows how politics are still designed as a male field while its constitutive outside is the female. Nevertheless a female actor becomes successful in it. The analysis shows that the almost normal presence of women in powerful political positions requires new modes of media analysis. The dichotomist distinction between male and female actors and a specific focus on forms of women’s stereotyping does not lead to sufficient results. This analysis offers opportunities for deconstructing the gendered system of politics.


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