As vozes de mulheres profissionais do sexo sobre a legalização do seu trabalho : discurso e gênero

by da Silva, Sandro Xavier

Abstract (Summary)
This research examines issues that are dealt with much stigma by society. The first is prostitution and the second, the action of women in search for their rights, women who have agency and so work for citizenship. There is a project of the Brazilian State for the legalization of the occupation of sex workers. The research then analyzes interviews with women working in prostitution, in which they offer their opinions on the situation. The analysis does this by using the tools of Critical Discourse Analysis, as proposed by Norman Fairclough (trans. 2001) and by Norman Fairclough and Lilli Chouliaraki (1999), considering discourse as social practice. To support an understanding of society, regarding the problem of prostitution, the theoretical support of Mary Talbot (1998) was useful in relation to social gender. According to Talbot, gender differences are constructed by the context in which people live. Moreover, it was important to understand the concept of agency by Dorothy Holland et allii (1998), whereby people acknowledge their situation and work to overcome it. Thus, their discourses were a reproduction of the social practices in which participants are situated. The stigma to women, power relations, ?machismo? and androcentrism and society?s unpreparedness to deal with issues related to sexual freedom ate topics that are addressed and analyzed here from the perspective of the Critical Discourse Analysis. The objective of the research is to examine the speeches of women sex workers in relation to the legalization of their occupation, finding, also, elements of social gender, their personal and professional identities. This will result in a continuation of the reproduction of sexist speech and control, generating fear and silencing.
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Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Maria Izabel Santos Magalhães; Maria Christina Diniz Leal; Maria Cecília de Lima

School:Universidade de Brasília

School Location:Brazil

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:agenciação agency social gender critical discourse analysis


Date of Publication:06/20/2008

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