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Dr Fiona McKay


Scotland and period poverty: a case study of activists' media and political agenda-setting. (2021)
Book Chapter
MCKAY, F. 2022. Scotland and period poverty: a case study of activists' media and political agenda-setting. In Morrison, J., Birks, J. and Berry, M. (eds.) The Routledge companion to political journalism. Abingdon: Routledge [online], Chapter 38, pages 404-413. Available from: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429284571-38

Grassroots-led global social movements have become increasingly prominent on mainstream media and political agendas. In Scotland, several of these have resulted in significant policy change, including the period poverty movement, which addresses ineq... Read More about Scotland and period poverty: a case study of activists' media and political agenda-setting..

Gender and media representation: politics and the 'double bind'. (2020)
Book Chapter
MCKAY, F. 2020. Gender and media representation: politics and the 'double bind'. In Smith, A. (ed.) Gender equality in changing times: multidisciplinary reflections on struggles and progress. London: Palgrave Macmillan [online], pages 203-226. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26570-0_10

In recent decades, more women have been elected into office, showing the gains which have been made as more take a seat at the political table. In 2008, women occupied 18.3% of parliamentary seats worldwide, growing to 24.3% in 2019 (IPU 2019). While... Read More about Gender and media representation: politics and the 'double bind'..

A stairheid rammy: female politicians and gendered discourses in the Scottish press. (2020)
Journal Article
MCKAY, F. 2020. A stairheid rammy: female politicians and gendered discourses in the Scottish press. Journal of language and politics [online], 19(1), pages 30-47. Available from: http://doi.org/10.1075/jlp.20004.mck

This article explores the mediated representation of gender in the Scottish public sphere during the independence referendum in 2014. In particular, it focuses on a media sample drawn from the Scottish press that centres on two key political figures,... Read More about A stairheid rammy: female politicians and gendered discourses in the Scottish press..

Scotland, Wales and press discourses amid the 2016 EU referendum. (2018)
Book Chapter
HIGGINS, M., RIDGE-NEWMAN, A. and MCKAY, F.M. 2018. Scotland, Wales and press discourses amid the 2016 EU referendum. In Ridge-Newman, A., León-Solís, F. and O'Donnell, H. (eds.) Reporting the road to Brexit: International Media and the EU Referendum 2016. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan [online], chapter 3, pages 47-60. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73682-2_3

This chapter is concerned with establishing and analysing the discourses that shaped the coverage of the 2016 EU referendum in a selection of Scottish and Welsh newspapers. The chapter looks at the Scottish editions of the Daily Express and Daily Mai... Read More about Scotland, Wales and press discourses amid the 2016 EU referendum..

Gender and the development of a political persona: the case of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. (2016)
Journal Article
HIGGINS, M. and MCKAY, F. 2016. Gender and the development of a political persona: the case of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. British politics [online], 11(3), pages 283-300. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1057/bp.2015.44

Much recent research has focussed on the manner in which women political leaders are portrayed in media. This article examines the press discourses around Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, beginning before her participation in the 2004 Scottis... Read More about Gender and the development of a political persona: the case of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon..