1st Edition

The Discourse of Perceived Discrimination Perspectives from Contemporary Australian Society

By Sol Rojas-Lizana Copyright 2020
    156 Pages
    by Routledge

    156 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers a way forward toward a better understanding of perceived discrimination from a critical discourse studies perspective. The volume begins with a discussion of quantitative studies on perceived discrimination across a range of disciplines and moves toward outlining the ways in which a discourse-based framework, drawing on tools from cognitive linguistics and discursive psychology, offers valuable tools with which to document and analyze perceived discrimination through myriad lenses. Rojas-Lizana provides a systematic account, grounded in a critical approach, of perceived discrimination drawing on data from discourse from two minority groups, self-identified members of an LGBTIQ community and Spanish-speaking immigrants in Australia, and explores such topics as the relationship between language and discrimination, the conditions for determining what constitutes discriminatory acts, and both the copying and resistance strategies victims employ in their experiences. A concluding chapter offers a broader comparison of the conclusions drawn from both communities and discusses their implications for further research on perceived discrimination. This volume will be of particular interest to students and scholars in critical discourse studies, social policy, gender and sexuality studies, and migration studies.

    Table of contents

    Chapter 1 Introduction: ‘…to make me feel like the outsider’

    Chapter 2: Situating Perceived Discrimination Studies

    Chapter 3: Analysing Perceived Discrimination in the area of Discourse Studies

    Chapter 4: ‘He called me it.’ Perceived Discrimination in the discourse of people identifying as LGBTIQ in Australia

    Chapter 5: ‘She said no because I talk funny.’ Perceived Discrimination in the discourse of Spanish speaking immigrants in Australia

    Chapter 6: Coping with discrimination: From resistance to avoidance

    Chapter 7: Discussion and Conclusion ‘…they have no idea what this is like’


    Dr. Isolda (Sol) Rojas-Lizana is a lecturer at the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Queensland.