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Making Black Motherhood (In)Visible: The Importance of Race, Gender, and Nation in the Mediation of Meghan Markle on Instagram

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-251
Number of pages21
JournalWomen's Studies in Communication
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
E-pub ahead of print22 Jun 2021

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Abstract

This article examines Black motherhood within digital media and how the cultural mediation of Meghan Markle’s pregnancy and motherhood online can be understood. In considering the cultural meaning(s) attached to the Duchess of Sussex, this article uses visual semiotic and discourse analyses of @SussexRoyal Instagram posts to examine how the incursion of a Black woman into the British royal family reveals some of the anxieties that circulate around race, gender, and the nation-state in British popular culture. It also examines the ways in which these anxieties are, in part, managed by the illusion of intimacy or access constructed through social media, which obfuscates the bounded division between the British public and the monarchy.

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