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  • Gender, Discourse and Power in the Cameroonian Parliament
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  • Lem Atanga
  • 2009
  • Published by: LANGAA RPCIG
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This book investigates gender and power relations in the Cameroonian parliament using a critical discourse analytical approach, which focuses on social issues and seeks to expose unequal relations within institutions. The study identifies different gendered discourses within the speeches of Members of Parliament and government ministers. Consciously or unconsciously, these participants within parliamentary debates draw on topics that construct women and men in specific ways, sometimes sustaining gender stereotypes or challenging existing conditions. The way men and women are constructed using language also is indicative of gender and power relations within this particular community. The study also looks at the way men and women are constructed using traditional discourses of gender differentiation and how some of these discourses get challenged, appropriated or subverted using progressive gendered discourses that advocate equal opportunities, gender equality and gender partnership in development.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Dedication
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Transcription Conventions and Abbreviations
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  1. Figures
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  1. Tables
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  1. Chapter One - Introduction and Background
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter Two - Approaches to Gender, Power and Discourse Analysis
  2. pp. 23-60
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  1. Chapter Three - Gender Differences in Paliamentary Talk
  2. pp. 61-92
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  1. Chapter Four - 'Traditional' Gendered Discourses Articulated in the Cameroonian Parliment
  2. pp. 93-120
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  1. Chapter Five - Legitimating 'A Model Traditional Cameroonian Woman'
  2. pp. 121-164
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  1. Chapter Six - Modern 'Progressive' Gendered Discourses in the Cameroonian Parliament
  2. pp. 165-190
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  1. Chaper Seven - Discursive Strategies in Legitimating 'Positive Action for Women'
  2. pp. 191-214
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  1. Chapter Eight - Summary, Recommendations and Conclusion
  2. pp. 215-228
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  1. References
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 255-262
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  1. Back Cover
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