Opposition as victimhood in newspaper debates about same-sex marriage

Turner, Georgina and Mills, Sara and Van der Bom, Isabelle and Coffey-Glover, Laura and Paterson, Laura L. and Jones, Lucy (2017) Opposition as victimhood in newspaper debates about same-sex marriage. Discourse & Society . ISSN 1460-3624 (In Press)

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Abstract

In this paper, we take a queer linguistics approach to the analysis of data from British newspaper articles that discuss the introduction of same-sex marriage. Drawing on methods from CDA and corpus linguistics, we focus on the construction of agency in relation to the government extending marriage to same-sex couples, and those resisting this. We show that opponents to same-sex marriage are represented and represent themselves as victims whose moral values, traditions, and civil liberties are being threatened by the state. Specifically, we argue that victimhood is invoked in a way that both enables and permits discourses of implicit homophobia

Item Type: Article
Keywords: homophobia; queer linguistics; corpus linguistics; critical discourse analysis; same-sex marriage; equal marriage rights; victimhood; agency; news discourses; UK press
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of English
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2017 09:54
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 23:34
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44401

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