Us vs Them Positioning in Academic Setting: A Critical Discourse Perspective

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This study attempts to analyze gender positioning in different social settings. For this purpose, Muted Group Theory plus Van Dijks Model (2007) from Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) have been employed to inspect gender positioning in the academic setting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. These models help in identifying the relation between various individuals and promoting person to person interaction. The gender critical discourse analysis helps in dissecting the irregularities in gender positioning and imbalances found between the males and females especially using language and the power relations which are built through various discourses. The different discourses gathered in this research study are qualitative in nature and are gathered from three famous universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The investigation uncovered that desultory techniques are used by male and female to support or resist each other.


1-Sania Athar
M.Phil Scholar, NUML, Islamabad, Pakistan.

2-Muhammad Yousaf
Lecturer, Department of English, NUML, Islamabad, Pakistan.

3-Azhar Habib
Lecturer, Department of English, NUML, Islamabad, Pakistan.


Us Vs Them, Gender Positioning, Academic setting, Discursive Practices, Gendered Language

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Published: Dec 2018

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