South African Newspapers’ Constructions of the Caster Semenya Saga through Political Cartoons

  title={South African Newspapers’ Constructions of the Caster Semenya Saga through Political Cartoons},
  author={C. Burnett},
  journal={South African Review of Sociology},
  pages={62 - 84}
  • C. Burnett
  • Published 3 April 2019
  • Sociology
  • South African Review of Sociology
ABSTRACT Taking sport seriously in academic sociological writing bridged the gap between the sociology of sport and its mother discipline with a special edition in the South African Review of the Sociology in 2015. This paper addresses a global and national audience in critically reflecting on the discourses of gender, media and politics as they intersect in the construction of the Caster Semenya saga (2009–2010) through political cartoons. Reporting on female athletes in local South African… 
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