Opposition as victimhood in newspaper debates about same-sex marriage

Turner, G., Mills, S., Van der Bom, I., Coffey-Glover, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-4432-8177, Paterson, L.L. and Jones, L., 2018. Opposition as victimhood in newspaper debates about same-sex marriage. Discourse & Society, 29 (2), pp. 180-197. ISSN 0957-9265

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Abstract

In this paper, we take a queer linguistics approach to the analysis of data from British newspaper articles which 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: Journal article
Alternative Title: Opposition as victimhood [short title]
Publication Title: Discourse & Society
Creators: Turner, G., Mills, S., Van der Bom, I., Coffey-Glover, L., Paterson, L.L. and Jones, L.
Publisher: Sage
Date: March 2018
Volume: 29
Number: 2
ISSN: 0957-9265
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NumberType
10.1177/0957926517734422DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 02 Aug 2018 07:08
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2018 07:08
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34220

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