Date of Award


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Master Thesis

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Social Work


Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies.



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This thesis deals with the popular stereotypes of Arabs in the mass media. Drawing on previous scholarship in this area, it can be said that these popular portrayals have almost invariably been unfavourable. Arab males appear as oil sheikhs or terrorists, while Arab women are subservient bundles of black cloth. Where do these portrayals come from? These images are considered to be stereotypical. This thesis examines the editorial and feature articles of the New York Times for the period of the Persian Gulf crisis (Aug. 2, 1990 to Jan. 15, 1991), in order to determine (a) the types and nature of stereotypes associated with the Arabs and (b) whether the U.S. print media have become more balanced (less stereotypical) than before. A thematic analysis is used to detect patterns in the reporting about Arabs. In the final analysis, the Times showed relatively good balance in reporting on Arabs and their affairs, which serves to challenge popular stereotypes from previous media sources.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1992 .M288. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-04, page: 1599. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1992.