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Understanding Arab women's role in media industries An empowerment-based perspective

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This article aims to draw on the empowerment perspective as a key sociological concept to define our understanding of Arab women's transitions from the traditionally prescribed private sphere of the family to the emerging public sphere of the community. Female empowerment is viewed here as a multi-dimensional and multifaceted process of power re-distribution in society, and therefore its realization is conceived as a function of the interplay of progressive gender-based societal and legal advocacy actions, as well as institutional reforms. The proposed framework suggests that female empowerment in psychological, social, cultural, political, legal, economic and institutional contexts would generate wide-ranging outcomes with significant social and moral implications that go beyond media workplace boundaries.
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Keywords: Arab women; Arab world; empowerment; media industries; media practitioners; satellite TV

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Sharja University, United Arab Emirates.

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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  • The emergence of satellite TV, the internet and digital technology have dramatically changed the way audiences receive information and interact with the media. The sudden success of Al-Jazeera and other Arab broadcasters have altered the way the Arab world narrates itself and reports news from the region to the rest of the world. The journal aims to lead the debate about these emerging rapid changes in media and society in Arab and Muslim parts of the world.
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