The ideological construction of Western ISIS-associated females

Date
2020-05-04
Authors
Nyamutata, Conrad
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
ISSN
1569-2159
Volume Title
Publisher
John Benjamins Publishing
Peer reviewed
Yes
Abstract
Since the outbreak of the war in Syria, some Western women and girls have travelled to the warzone to join the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and marry some of the group’s fighters. However, since the collapse of the ‘caliphate’ some of the women and girls have been stranded amid reluctance to accept them back to countries of origin. The women and girls have been the subject of various descriptions and labels. This is a conceptual and theoretical study which examines the ideological construction of females who travelled from Europe and West to join ISIS. The paper uses discourse analysis to examine the use of particular labels in the Western media, drawing primarily from the British press, on the ISIS-associated females seeking return to the West. The paper finds that a naturalized and dominant discourse has developed in the ideological construction of the females
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Keywords
ISIS brides, critical discourse analysis, jihadi brides, gender, terrorism, media
Citation
Nyamutata, C. (2020) The ideological construction of Western ISIS-associated females. Journal of Language and Politics, 19 (5), pp. 766-785
Research Institute
Institute for Evidence-Based Law Reform (IELR)