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Racial discrimination, religious intolerance or misunderstanding? An analysis of discourse in a hosted debate on Australian television.
ABSTRACT: Discourse analysis typically focuses on gender differences, the power of the media, youth and subculture and racism between participants. Rarely is the struggle for hegemony between foreign religions and the secular vision of society examined in any depth. In this study we hope to examine a small portion of that struggle through studying how discourse is structured and negotiated among a small pool of people debating the part that is played by the visible symbol of the burqa worn by Muslim women in western society. How much this struggle is because of a deep gully between the relative ideologies of secularism and religiosity which precludes comprehension, and how much it is a misunderstanding due to differences in culture and gender are just two of the points reflected on very briefly.
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