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Title: Sticks and stones: How words and language impact upon social inclusion
Contributor(s): McKay, Kathryn  (author); Wark, Stuart  (author)orcid ; Mapedzahama, Virginia  (author); Dune, Tinashe  (author); Rahman, Saifur  (author); MacPhail, Catherine  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Language framed as derogatory names and symbols can have implications for people and their life experiences. Within a Saussurian-inspired frame, and looking at ideas of stigma and social inclusion, this paper examines the use of language as a weapon within a social context of (changing) intent and meaning. Three examples of language use in mainstream society are analysed: 'retarded' which evolved from scientific diagnosis to insult; 'gay' as a derogatory adjective within popular culture; and, the way language around suicide is used to both trivialise and stigmatise those who are suicidal, as well as those who are bereaved.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Social Inclusion, 6(1), p. 146-162
Publisher: Griffith University
Place of Publication: Brisbane, Australia
ISSN: 1836-8808
Field of Research (FOR): 160805 Social Change
111703 Care for Disabled
111714 Mental Health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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