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Title: When the obligation to be neutral becomes the right to discriminate: discursive struggles over LGBT+ rights at Polish universities
Authors: Pakuła, Łukasz
Chojnicka, Joanna
Keywords: Polish universities
LGBT+ community
resistance strategies
Critical Discourse nalysis
narrative inquiry
heteronormativity
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Trabalhos de Linguística Aplicada
Citation: Trabalhos de Linguística Aplicada, 2020, vol.59 no.3.
Sponsorship: In this article, we discuss the narratives of struggle, resistance, and counter-resistance over the rights of the LGBT+ community at several Polish universities, which remain unnamed in order to protect our informants. In particular, we look at the discourses of LGBT+ groups struggling to establish or maintain organizations of various forms (from students’ study circles to union-like institutions) within the context of internal university structure, Polish academic culture and current political developments in the country. This research draws on semi-structured in-depth interviews we conducted in the spring and summer of 2020. In our analyses of the interview material, we apply a multidisciplinary methodological framework combining CDA and narrative inquiry in order to examine linguistic phenomena participating in constructing a particular version of reality through text in talk. Such research design enables us to offer a case study of the difficulties and obstacles faced by LGBT+ activists in the Polish academia the way they understand them, and of the resistance strategies they employ in this particular context. Our research shows a wide range of resistance strategies employed by the LGBT+ community members that can be classified according to the scale of discriminatory practices they form a response to (systemic/individual discrimination) and the type of the response itself (group/individual response). On the basis of the discussed examples, our article offers an interagentive matrix of strategies of addressing LGBT+ issues emerging within the Polish academic context.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10593/26191
ISSN: 2175-764X
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