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ERIC Number: ED400685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 17
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"Pretended Families" and "Fragile Youth": British Public Discourse about Lesbians and Gays.
Morrish, Elizabeth
This study analyzed writing in prominent British newspapers concerning homosexuality and lesbianism, focusing on these elements of discourse: discourse themes and assumptions underlying their choice; information treated as given or implied in the text; relationships with other discursive formations and texts; signification about the writer's authority and degree of certainty; the speaker's perception of agency and causality; and lexical choice. Legislation concerning or referring to homosexuality in Great Britain is chronicled, with attention given to specific terminology and its implications. Newspaper reports of one case in which a female school principal was criticized for a comment about heterosexual love are examined for reference to political correctness and lesbian stereotypes. Reportage of the parliamentary vote on raising the age of consent for gay men is also analyzed. It is concluded that collectively, these statements form a pattern of discourse that creates an atmosphere supportive of legitimate censure of the open expression of homosexuality. A revision of public discourse patterns is urged. Contains 21 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)