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“Learn to blend in!”: A corpus-based analysis of the representation of women in mining
Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.
University of Gävle. Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, ISSN 2040-7149, E-ISSN 2040-7157, Vol. 37, no 7, p. 698-712Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to contribute with increased knowledge about gender in mining by exploring how women are discursively represented in texts produced by actors in the international mining arena. Design/methodology/approach The study combines corpus linguistic methods and discourse analysis. It implies a combination of quantitative and qualitative analyses, where the former is used as the point of departure for the latter, and where the material analysed is chosen on the basis of certain selected search phrases. The source for the study is the web, and the search engine used for the retrieval of data is WebCorp Live, a tool tailored for linguistic analysis of web material. Findings The analysis reveals that although the overarching theme in the women-in mining discourse is that women are needed in the industry, the underlying message is that women-in-mining are perceived as problematic. Practical implications The study shows that if mining is to change into a modern industry, the inherent hyper-masculine culture and its effects on the whole industry needs to be problematised and made evident. To increase the mere number of women, with women still heavily underrepresented, is not enough to break gender-biased discrimination. Originality/value The research contributes with new knowledge about gender in mining by using a method, which so far has had limited usage in (critical) discourse analysis.

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Emerald , 2018. Vol. 37, no 7, p. 698-712
Keywords [en]
Discourse analysis, Corpus linguistics, The web, WebCorp live, Women in mining
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-27841DOI: 10.1108/EDI-12-2017-0270ISI: 000443149100005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85052600097OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-27841DiVA, id: diva2:1245396
Available from: 2018-09-05 Created: 2018-09-05 Last updated: 2018-09-24Bibliographically approved

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