Gratitude, faith and the unlikely relationship between gender, religion and journalism in Brazil

Authored by: Priscila Vieira-Souza , Andréia Coutinho Louback

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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This chapter presents a case study to address the intersection between religion, journalism and race and gender in Latin America. The first challenge in addressing such a thematic quartet is the absence of academic studies relating to religion and news media in the region. To face such difficulties, we propose a feminist method: the analysis of a life-story and its context. Hence, the case study presents the narrative of a black, Brazilian and Catholic, woman journalist, who found in the feeling of gratitude a lifestyle and catalyst for her accomplishments. The theoretical perspective builds up from concepts that are illustrated and explained in the context. It also relies on historical perspectives that consider the tension and influence of Western modernity and culture on South America’s intellectual production. It suggests the intersection between religion and journalism in Latin America as a fertile field for researchers, when a conservative turn has jeopardized progressive policies on gender and race issues.

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