Section 28: an investigation into the British media and homophobia; with particular reference to education

Newey, Stephen (2011) Section 28: an investigation into the British media and homophobia; with particular reference to education. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation examines the role of the media and the law in gaining historical acceptance of homosexual people living in the United Kingdom with a close look at the case of Section 28. The media should present society with access to a variety of sources and therefore different ideologies of homosexuality, in order to enable members of society to form their own opinions about the social issues surrounding this topic. The media demonstrated callous reporting of both the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969 and the AID’s epidemic of the 1980s, effectively causing harsh stereotypes to be deemed acceptable. Section 28 was a civil law placed upon local authorities and educational governors to ban the promotion of homosexuality in such places. This dissertation considers the media's reporting of the Section using a critical analysis of newspaper coverage. The results illustrate the diluting effects of Section 28 by the media uncovering a prejudice legislation brought forward by an anti-liberal government system of the 1980s. However, the existence of homosexual bullying and the uncertainty of how teachers should tackle the issue without ‘promoting’ homosexuality is a reminder that Section 28 is not simply an artificial one conducted around a redundant piece of legislation.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2012 11:54
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/7035

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