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作者 Mkhonza, Sarah Thembile
書名 Narratives of domestic workers and the role of language in their experiences in Swaziland
國際標準書號 9780591933840
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說明 492 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 59-07, Section: A, page: 2251
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Michigan State University, 1996
In this study I look at the narratives of domestic workers who live in Swaziland. They recount their experiences at work in colonial and post colonial Swaziland. Their stories bring out a sociohistorical construction of domestic work that is useful in understanding how paid domestic work came to be what it is today. The lives of women give directions for language planning by pointing out how women, who are in the lower class of society, are oppressed
I interviewed twenty women, ten who were under forty-five and ten who were over forty-five in 1993. The ten who were over forty-five worked in colonial Swaziland and the ten who were under forty-five are working in post-colonial Swaziland. I use Labov (1972) and Polanyi (1979) as the main methods of looking at the narrative texts. I also look at discursive acts as outlined in tuse Perinbanayagam (1991). Structures like commands, questions, quotations, and many others are examined for issues of power. Domestic work is the social context that shapes the discourse of the narratives
The analysis relies on linking grammatical structures that occur in discursive acts in order to bring out issues of power. The breakdown of structures reveals how language is used by the workers in constructing their own lives. Strategies of discourse construction like marking and voice are examined for issues of power by linking speakers to the social context
The research findings show that the world of domestic work is a world in which the employer has power. Employers' voices are heard in the narratives marked in their languages. The prevalent structures in their voices are structures that show that they have power over the worker such as imperatives. The domestic workers construct themselves as objects who have to obey their employers. When they construct themselves as subjects, they are subjects in the maintenance of the powers that oppress them. Through narratives they bring out how they were victimized in the different periods that they worked as domestic workers
In my concluding chapters, I argue for language planning as a way of dealing with the inequalities that exist in Swazi society. I outline areas which could inform language studies about the situation of people in Swaziland
School code: 0128
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 59-07A
主題 Language, Modern
Anthropology, Cultural
Women's Studies
Speech Communication
Sociology, Industrial and Labor Relations
Language, Rhetoric and Composition
Alt Author Michigan State University
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