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Constructing (non-)normative identities in written lesbian discourse: a diachronic study

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Constructing (non-)normative identities in written lesbian discourse : a diachronic study. / Koller, Veronika.

In: Discourse and Society, Vol. 24, No. 5, 09.2013, p. 551-568.

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title = "Constructing (non-)normative identities in written lesbian discourse: a diachronic study",
abstract = "This article provides an analysis of two texts written from a lesbian subject position at different points in recent history, to show how the authors construct (non-)normative ingroup representations. The study is based on theoretical notions from discourse theory, queer theory and social cognition research, and uses a mostly data-driven analytical approach. The two texts, a manifesto and a journal article, are investigated to see how they use nomination and predication to construct in- and out-group representations, to what extent these identitiesare non-normative and why they are constructed in this particular way. Results show a stark demarcation of a positive, non-complex in-group from a negative, equally non-complex out-group in the earlier text, which contrasts with a more differentiated and less uniformly positive in-group representation in the later text. This is explained with the respective socio-political context, and the earlier text is interpreted as promoting a more explicitly normative in-group presentation.",
keywords = "collective identity , heteronormativity, lesbian discourse, homonormativity, in-group, out-group, queer linguistics, social cognition",
author = "Veronika Koller",
year = "2013",
month = sep,
doi = "10.1177/0957926513486166",
language = "English",
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pages = "551--568",
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