Heterotopias Created through Media Narratives and Manufacturing Consent for Women Empowerment in South Asia

© Media Watch 10 (1) 92-105, 2019
ISSN 0976-0911 e-ISSN 2249-8818
DOI: 10.15655/mw/2019/v10i1/49571


Heterotopias Created through Media Narratives and Manufacturing Consent for Women Empowerment in South Asia

1Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan
2Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, India

The argument of the paper is that media narratives serve the dual function of (de)legitimation. While manufacturing legitimizing consent for consumerism, media narratives delegitimize the old patterns of existence as well by penetrating deep in cognition and creating anomalous desires that refuse to take cultural rigidities as given. Media screens provide visual (re)presentation of real places and social arrangements; with the aim to overturn them with conceived mirror images of perfect. These narratives are endowed with the power to create new self, territorialized in heterotopias of the screen. The new personifications are contested by “pious” adherents of cultural continuity. By opting for the technique of Critical Discourse Analysis; paper aims to revisit the discourses of women empowerment and dependency, in a Hindi commercial movie “Badrinath Ki Dulhania” (Badrinath’s bride) (2017), and lifestyle advertisements of Fair & Lovely (Fairness Cream) (2002-2017) telecasted across South Asia, and an android phone Q Mobile (2016) in Pakistan.

Keywords: Media narratives, self, heterotopias, ambivalence, women empowerment


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Rafida Nawaz (Ph.D., Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan, 2014) is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan. Her research is related to feminist movement in international relations and media embodiment of women. The main concern of her writing is human/women rights in postcolonial states.

Ravi Kumar (Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2010) is an Assistant Professor at Centre for Foreign Language Studies, Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha, India. Dr. Kumar has conducted research on political and economic reform process in Cuba, comparative study of Latin American and Asian thinkers.