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Ämnesordens makt: Genusdiskursiva praktiker i svenska ämnesord
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Power of Subjects Heading : Gender Discursive Practices in the Swedish Subject Headings (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose with this thesis was to apply a critical discourse analyses connected to a gender theory on the Swedish subject headings (SAO) to find a hierarchical order expressed by the choice of words. The thesis shows how gender discourses are practiced in the Swedish subject headings and suggests a change in the list. To examine this list I asked some questions: does SAO express a male norm? Can I find any gender based power relations in SAO? How does a gender discourse express it self in SAO?

To examine the list Norman Fairclough's critical discourse analysis has been used, also Michel Foucault's ideas about discourses. To the discourse analysis Yvonne Hirdman's gender theories have been connected. To suggest changes I've used theories by Maud Eduards. The subject headings examined were picked from the royal library's webpage; this method has been used to get access to the laest version of the list.

An overwhelming majority of the examined words showed a male norm and a gender discourse that expresses a female subordination and gender inequality. The inner discourses of the list affect the social context, this in turn affects how the user think, interpret and create new words. At the end of the work changes of the subject headings are given in which both male and female terms are subordinated, this to show the male, not as an universal subject, but a gender and by that eliminate a gender based hierarchy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 62 p.
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 519
Keyword [en]
The Power of Subjects Heading: Gender Discursive Practices in the Swedish Subject Headings
Keyword [sv]
Diskursanalys, Ämnesord, Genus (socialt kön), Könsmaktsordning
National Category
Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304354Local ID: 519OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304354DiVA: diva2:1018885
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04 Last updated: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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