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Montasseri Z, Khaghaninejad M S, Moloodi A. Gender Representation in American Movies: A Corpus-based Analysis. IQBQ. 2020; 27 (4) :42-53
URL: http://eijh.modares.ac.ir/article-27-30885-en.html
1- PhD Candidate of TEFL, Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics, Shiraz University, Iran. , zmontasseri1992@gmail.com
2- Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics, Shiraz University, Iran.
Abstract:   (102 Views)
Hegemonies imposed from sources of power have been an issue of investigation for many years. In recent years, media and movies have gained particular attention due to their society-affecting power. The present study explores how male and female characters are represented in American movies based on the Van Leeuwen’s (2008) social actor categorization. Hence, the researchers focus on the scripts of the movies available in fiction genre of COCA (Corpus of Contemporary American English). A representative sample of words depicting each gender was chosen based on their frequencies, and accordingly, their collocations were extracted. The findings indicate that men and women representations were following stereotypical depiction of gender roles; while men tended to be associated with high-ranked jobs, positions, activities, and identification categories, women were shown to be passively linked with inferior features, low-income jobs, child-bearers, and sexual aspects. More specifically, women were mostly objectified through a patriarchal perspective. The results might shed light on the archetypical imposition of power from above and may pave the way for unbiased media where depths, not just the appearances, of characters are of greater significance.
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Article Type: Original Research | Subject: Arts and Humanities (General)
Received: 2019/02/28 | Accepted: 2020/10/7 | Published: 2020/10/7

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