2009 | 18 | 85-111
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BETWEEN REALITY AND - PROFILING THE DEMOCRACY IMAGE IN THE DISCOURSE OF POLISH AND GERMAN FEMINISM (Miedzy rzeczywistoscia a idealem - o profilowaniu obrazu demokracji w polskim i niemieckim dyskursie feministycznym)

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The goal of the article is to analyze the image of democracy in Polish and German feminism discourse, the way democracy is conceptualized and differentiated. The authoress uses the definite notions applied in ethnolinguistic analyses conducted by the Lublin Ethnolinguistic School, such as: profiling the notions, profile, the point of view, interpretation perspective. The analysis of the collected data leads to the differentiation of two basic profiles of democracy: to the real one (oriented towards description) and to the ideal one (expressed with postulates), where the real profile dominates in the discourse of Polish feminism and the ideal profile - in the discourse of German feminism. In the framework of the chief profiles, the authoress points out the political profiles in the following discourses: the profile of world-view in Polish discourse, and the social one - in German discourse. The given analysis shows different points of view: the Polish feminists talk about dominating and the redundant role of men (in politics particularly), whereas the German feminists talk about the of women in political, social and professional spheres. The presented differences occur as the result of the accepted values. In Polish discourse democracy is used in collocations with the following notions - values: 'równosc' (equality (of rights)), ' wolnosc' (freedom, independence), 'normalnosc' (normalization, standarization), whereas in German discourse we meet 'Gerechtigkeit' (justice, equity, fairness), 'Frieden' (peace), 'Gewaltfreiheit' (the absence of violence, coercion, constraint), 'Wohlstand' (welfare, wellbeing, prosperity).
  • Monika Grzeszczak, c/o Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawla II, al. Raclawickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
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