Mistresses, mothers, and headscarves: Media representations of women in corruption scandals in Indonesia

Pertiwi, Kanti and Mulya, Teguh Wijaya (2022) Mistresses, mothers, and headscarves: Media representations of women in corruption scandals in Indonesia. Feminist Media Studies. pp. 1-17. ISSN 1468-0777

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Abstract

This article engages with the ways through which women were discursively represented in media reports on corruption cases in Indonesia. Moving away from the traps of universalism and essentialism in conceptualising the causes and consequences of corruption, we unpack the dominant views and contextualise corruption in local-historical perspectives. Our main argument is that gendered meanings around women and corruption in Indonesian news media were constituted through the dominant religious and socio-political discourses; and the consequences were the (re)productions of stereotypical and simplistic meanings around women and corruption. Employing critical discourse analysis on 547 selected Indonesian newspaper articles reporting corruption scandals from 2010 to 2020, we identified three key discourses through which meanings around corruption and women were constituted, namely, a discourse of promiscuous sexuality, a discourse of moral ibuism, and a discourse of Islamic piety. The analysis drew attention to the importance of situating corruption and gendered media representation as an intersecting problem embedded in the social, political, religious, and historical contexts; as opposed to the dominant universal, objective, and positivist approaches to corruption studies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corruption; gender; media; discourse analysis; Indonesia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Psychology > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Teguh Wijaya Mulya205905
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2022 03:24
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2022 03:24
URI: http://repository.ubaya.ac.id/id/eprint/41452

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