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Natascha Rohde – “Who knew that gender social utopia looks like this, right?”

September 28, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm BST


“Who knew that gender social utopia looks like this, right?”
Collective identity construction and ideology in computer-mediated discourse and what do sex and gender have to do with it?

The Incels, short for involuntary celibates, are a radical fraction of the so-called Manosphere, several acts of gender-based terrorism have been linked to the group and recent research into the their language shows a misogynist and violent ideology. They communicate mainly online and therefore provide a good study background for collective identity construction in the context of radicalisation and gender-based terrorism.

While identity was long seen as static and pre-existing, recent approaches have highlighted its dynamic nature and the importance of social interaction for constructing and reproducing identity(/ies). Following the post-structuralist position in seeing language as one of the main tools in identity performance, a linguistic analysis can give insights into collective identity by analysing underlying discourse processes.

This research project combines constructionist frameworks for analysing identity with Queer Theory and Connell’s model of hegemonic masculinities to form the theoretical basis for this study. A corpus-based approach combined with CDA analysis framework aim to unearth underlying patterns of collective identity construction and better understand the radicalisation process.

In this presentation I want to give an insight into my PhD project and talk about how I approach the questions of identity construction within the incel community of a particular incel forum.

This talk is by Natascha Rohde, Aston University Birmingham, 180176838@aston.ac.uk

Join the talk on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/97994902818 | Meeting ID: 979 9490 2818


September 28, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm BST
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