Women and children first? Potential gender bias in a legal text in the UK
Wharton, Sue. (2009) Women and children first? Potential gender bias in a legal text in the UK. Women and Language, Vol.32 (No.1). pp. 99-102. ISSN 8755-4550
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This paper explores a perceived social problem in the UK from a critical discourse analysis perspective. The problem is that of divorced fathers’ lack of access to a family relationship with their children. To explore it, I examine one of the legal forms used to determine child residence after divorce. I first analyse the ways in which this text represents mothers’ and fathers’ relationships with their children. I then go on to analyse the form as part of a legal exchange between individuals and official bureaucracy. I conclude not only that the form fails to facilitate equal legal rights for all parties concerned, but also that it fails to serve children’s best interests due to its perpetration of gender stereotypes.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
K Law > KD England and Wales
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Centre for Applied Linguistics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Law -- Language, Divorce -- Law and legislation -- Great Britain, Critical discourse analysis -- Great Britain, Stereotypes (Social psychology), Parent and child -- Great Britain|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Women and Language|
|Publisher:||George Mason University|
|Number of Pages:||4|
|Page Range:||pp. 99-102|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
Albertson Fineman, Martha (2001). ‘Fatherhood, feminism and family law’. McGeorge Law Review 32: 1031-1049.
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