Gendered Discourse Strategies in Facebook Interaction during Electoral Campaigns
Since gender has become one of the first languages of politics we decided to analyze the construction of women leaders’ ethos in presidential campaigns (Roventa-Frumusani 2015), as well as the intermediality of verbal-iconic signs on facebook pages. This socio-semiotic approach will be complemented by a pragmalinguistic one, concerned with the “dialogue” of (masculine vs. feminine) conversational styles in the last Romanian parliamentary campaign (2016) and will be focused on the speech acts and politeness/impoliteness strategies encountered in the followers’ comments on public facebook pages of three prominent women candidates.
The main research questions, following Nancy Fraser’s quest for women’s legitimacy (identity and statute legitimacy), are: 1. How does the plasticity of the online public sphere function in order to create the ‘networked self’ of women political leaders in search of visibility and recognition? 2. How does the audience consolidate, attack, reward the affective rhetoric of women politicians on Facebook? (emotion contagion, emotion induction).