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http://hdl.handle.net/10071/17237
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Title: Discriminatory language in the workplace: unmasking prejudices and stereotypes
Authors: Di Marco, D.
Arenas, A.
Munduate, L.
Hoel, H.
Keywords: Discriminatory language
Lesbian and gay workers
Workplace incivility
Subtle discrimination
Prejudice and negative stereotypes
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Fundación Infancia y Aprendizaje
Abstract: The link between language, communication and open discrimination has been the focus of numerous studies. For many years, language has been a vehicle of prejudice and negative stereotypes. However, in the last few years, overt verbal aggressions have diminished thanks to the implementation of equality policies and awareness-raising initiatives. Despite that, negative attitudes against protected groups might not have disappeared and may instead be transmitted subtly, such as through uncivil language. The goal of this research is to study the relation between language and subtle discrimination against lesbian and gay (LG) workers. With this goal in mind, 39 in-depth interviews were conducted. The analysis showed that LG people are victims of subtle discrimination and that language is one of the most common vehicles of prejudice and negative stereotypes. Jokes, inappropriate comments and questions are the expression of negative attitudes, which are probably present at an implicit level. Due to the ambiguity of these expressions and the settings where they have been studied — the workplace — these acts could be defined as uncivil behaviours. Practical implications, limitations and directions for future research are discussed.
Peer reviewed: yes
URI: https://ciencia.iscte-iul.pt/id/ci-pub-52951
http://hdl.handle.net/10071/17237
DOI: 10.1080/02134748.2018.1540122
ISSN: 0213-4748
Appears in Collections:BRU-RI - Artigo em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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