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(Mis)Representation of Muslims in Homeland?: A qualitative content analysis on the representation of Muslims in the TV-serial Homeland
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
(Mis)Representation of Muslims in Homeland? : A qualitative content analysis on the representation of Muslims in the TV-serial Homeland (English)
Abstract [en]

In the Western world, media is accused of holding Muslims responsible for everything that is wrong with the civilised society. Through poor generalizations about the connection between Muslims and terrorism, Muslims have become "the other." The American TV-serial Home-land has received much critical reaction for this type of representation, both in the US and internationally, yet it is one of the most popular TV-series today. The claims are that Muslims are represented as violent, barbaric and terrorists. This thesis specifically studies whether or not Muslims are stereotypically represented in Homeland by using Edward Said’s theory of orientalism and the theory of "us" and "the other," together with the theory of representation. This thesis will investigate if Muslims are seen as a homogeneous group, based on the idea of the Cultural Other, the Religious Other and the Political Other. The interesting factor here is if there are cases where Muslims are represented as us/the West. This thesis is a content qualita-tive study where data has been collected and investigated by watching the twelve episodes in season one. The gathered data showed that Muslims are represented stereotypically in all three types of "otherness." However, there were also cases of Muslims being represented as "us," and cases of Western citizens being represented as the other – most notably with the character Sergeant Nicholas Brody. What is interesting is that Homeland challenges many stereotypes by introducing the Muslim CIA Analyst, Danny Galvez, and Mansoor Al Zahrani, the gay Saudi Arabian diplomat. Another interesting finding is how the show also condemns violent acts made by the CIA and the FBI in their fight against terror. This study shows that Homeland reinforces and reproduces some sensitive stereotypes - that all Muslims are poten-tial terrorists. The dangers with Homeland is that it is group-oriented when explaining war on terror, creating an image that the Middle East is the birth-giver of all evil, the home of terror-ism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 57 p.
Keyword [en]
Muslims - Popular Culture - Representation – Orientalism – Media
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-10608Local ID: EIS501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-10608DiVA: diva2:1065501
Subject / course
Political science
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IPPE
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Available from: 2017-01-16 Created: 2017-01-16 Last updated: 2017-01-16Bibliographically approved

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