Parliamentary Discourse on Sexuality over a Period of Legislative Change: 1986-2005

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/617979
Title:
Parliamentary Discourse on Sexuality over a Period of Legislative Change: 1986-2005
Authors:
Mariat, Kate
Abstract:
This study investigates the landslide legislative changes affecting lesbians and gay men between 1986 and 2005. It offers six fully-contextualised Critical Discourse Analyses of key Westminster parliamentary debates on attempted and actual changes in the law in two periods: 1986-1996 and 2001-2004. In addition, it offers a corpus analysis of all key debates in each period. This enables comparisons of the language used and arguments deployed by speakers who supported lesbians and gay men and those who did not, as well as a comparison of the two periods. On the basis that Members of Parliament, particularly in the House of Commons, draw on the beliefs and values of the sections of society they represent and indirectly address via the media, the overall interest of the study is in the nature and extent of social change this legislative landslide suggests. The study's particular focus is on shifts and continuities in the cluster of institutionalised beliefs that constitute homophobia and the institutional arrangements that support them. The content and contexts of these beliefs are initially traced via past laws pertaining to same-sex sexual acts, in most cases sex between men. This shows firstly, how each law was enacted to serve different socio-political purposes in different historical periods and secondly, how their intermittent periods of enforcement coincided with the needs of prevailing rulers to maintain power and social control. Thus homophobic beliefs ebbed and flowed according to the needs of ruling powers. This phenomenon applies past and present and constitutes the ethos of the study. It demonstrates both the residual nature of a prejudice with a very long history and the salient beliefs and values behind arguments used for and against it in contemporary contexts.
Advisors:
Mooney, Annabelle; Omoniyi, Tope
Publisher:
Roehampton University
Issue Date:
2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/617979
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
PhD Theses

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dc.contributor.advisorMooney, Annabelleen
dc.contributor.advisorOmoniyi, Topeen
dc.contributor.authorMariat, Kateen
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-05T11:27:53Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-05T11:27:53Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/617979-
dc.description.abstractThis study investigates the landslide legislative changes affecting lesbians and gay men between 1986 and 2005. It offers six fully-contextualised Critical Discourse Analyses of key Westminster parliamentary debates on attempted and actual changes in the law in two periods: 1986-1996 and 2001-2004. In addition, it offers a corpus analysis of all key debates in each period. This enables comparisons of the language used and arguments deployed by speakers who supported lesbians and gay men and those who did not, as well as a comparison of the two periods. On the basis that Members of Parliament, particularly in the House of Commons, draw on the beliefs and values of the sections of society they represent and indirectly address via the media, the overall interest of the study is in the nature and extent of social change this legislative landslide suggests. The study's particular focus is on shifts and continuities in the cluster of institutionalised beliefs that constitute homophobia and the institutional arrangements that support them. The content and contexts of these beliefs are initially traced via past laws pertaining to same-sex sexual acts, in most cases sex between men. This shows firstly, how each law was enacted to serve different socio-political purposes in different historical periods and secondly, how their intermittent periods of enforcement coincided with the needs of prevailing rulers to maintain power and social control. Thus homophobic beliefs ebbed and flowed according to the needs of ruling powers. This phenomenon applies past and present and constitutes the ethos of the study. It demonstrates both the residual nature of a prejudice with a very long history and the salient beliefs and values behind arguments used for and against it in contemporary contexts.en
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dc.publisherRoehampton Universityen
dc.titleParliamentary Discourse on Sexuality over a Period of Legislative Change: 1986-2005en
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Media, Culture and Languageen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
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