Gender, religion and new medias in Latin America

Authored by: Kelber Pereira Gonçalves

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Journalism

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138304963
eBook ISBN: 9780203731420
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In recent years, new social movements such as the feminist and LGBTI movements are gaining visibility in public space, particularly in the journalistic space and media and thanks in part to social media, in Latin America. This visibility has led to major changes in public policies on gender equality and reproductive and sexual rights, drastically changing the relationships between genders and the family model inherited from Catholicism and founded on the Sagrada Família in the region. In some Latin American countries, these changes have prompted a response from conservative political and religious groups, creating moral panic in public and media space around the implantation of a gender ideology. Using the Brazilian context as a case study, the chapter seeks to understand how gender is represented in the journalistic agenda, what is the role of mainstream media in creating this moral panic and finally, what is the place of religion in the gender dynamics that are represented.

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