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ECU research published in new book

Monday, 06 April 2009

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ECU researcher Dr Anne Aly has written a chapter in a new book analysing the politics of gender, race and religion.

Edited by Tanja Dreher and Christina Ho, Beyond the Hijab Debates: New Conversations on Gender, Race and Religion, is described as essential reading for those interested in gender and womens studies, cultural studies, racial and ethnic studies and religious studies.

Dr Aly's chapter is titled Media hegemony, activism and identity: Muslim women re-presenting Muslim women, and is based on ECU research exploring the responses to the media discourse on terrorism among Australian Muslims and the broader Australian community.

The project involved 10 focus groups and 60 individual interviews to examine how different groups interpret the messages that position Australian Muslims as 'other' in the popular media reporting of the 'war on terror'.

Findings of the research suggest that Muslim women have become 'semiological guerrillas' in the struggle to define themselves in ways which reflect the true reality of Muslim women's lives.
Beyond the Hijab Debates: New Conversations on Gender, Race and Religion is published by the Cambridge University Press. A book launch is being held at the University of Technology Sydney on Wednesday, 8 April.

Dr Anne Aly is a lecturer and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Social Marketing Research within the Faculty of Business and Law.

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