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Title:Manufacturing Dissent: The News on Abortion-Related Protest in 1991
Author(s):Husting, Virginia Ann
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Lie, John
Department / Program:Sociology
Discipline:Sociology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Journalism
Abstract:The news on abortion-related protest in 1991 ultimately constructs a narrowly defined vision of abortion-related activism in which there are three main actors; extremist pro-lifers, extremist pro-choicers, and regular people like us. In addition, the news's polarization of the issue, and its silence on structural problems like racism, poverty, and sexism, help keep the conflict over abortion irresolvable while marginalizing activism. The news, then, constructs a mythical, homogeneous community of 'Americans like us' whose boundaries are shored up by the outsiders or activists ('them'). Through these portrayals the news works to dismantle potent critiques of American society and politics that activism offers.
Issue Date:1998
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:174 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/86245
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9904484
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:1998


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