This study examines public discourse on Twitter regarding the Male Guardianship Law. In Saudi Arabia, women currently must obtain permission from a male guardian to perform basic tasks like enrolling in school and accepting a job. Critical discourse analysis was employed as the primary means to analyze how the anti-guardianship and pro-guardianship groups have framed the issue and discussed the pro-equality "I Am My Own Guardian" campaign. My analysis focuses on the ways various argumentation strategies, gendered discourses, and conceptions of women's agency were deployed in tweets presenting various points of view. I analyzed linguistic indicators to see how supporters of various positions constructed their online speech to position themselves as members of a group and target a certain audience. Members of both groups, supporters and opponents, used linguistic features, such as choice of lexical terms, regional accent and referential pronouns, to engage with the hierarchical distribution of power and gender ideologies in Saudi society. Additionally, participants employed features of online text (hashtags) to construct political and social stances within the online debate.
|Commitee:||LeMaster, Barbara, Sharifi, Amir|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Sociolinguistics, Web Studies|
|Keywords:||Corpus linguistics, Corpus-based discourse analysis, Linguistics, Online debates, Sociolinguistics, Twitter|
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