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Title: EXPLORING MERITOCRATIC DISCOURSE: A CORPUS LINGUISTICS APPROACH
Authors: WANG JIEWEI, WESLEY
Issue Date: 8-Nov-2021
Citation: WANG JIEWEI, WESLEY (2021-11-08). EXPLORING MERITOCRATIC DISCOURSE: A CORPUS LINGUISTICS APPROACH. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This research investigates how the ideology of meritocracy, while seemingly invisible in day-to-day operations, manifests itself discursively. Leveraging on the methodologies of Corpus Linguistics, I advance both qualitative and quantitative approaches in my investigation pertaining to the discursive construction of meritocracy online. In my investigation, I designed and created three corpora, (NEWSCORP, SCHOLARCORP, and PUBCORP) using textual data harvested from mainstream news media, websites and online forums respectively. Using this corpus, this thesis aims to answer two questions: 1) what is the range of online discourses that frequently invoke the concept of meritocracy; and 2) which aspects of meritocracy are frequently talked about in online discourse. Primarily, this thesis has found support for online meritocratic discourse to revolve mainly around semantic fields such as Governance, Education, Society, and Employment. Furthermore, such discourses are also found to emphasise different aspects of meritocracy, such as its role in contributing to (in)equality or ensuring moral outcomes. Essentially, in line with Gramsci’s (1994) notion of a hegemony, this thesis evidences how ideologies (such as meritocracy) are constantly sustained and reproduced through an iterative process of discursive negotiation. Through adopting a Corpus Linguistic approach to examine online discourses of meritocracy, this thesis therefore also makes the theoretical point that such ideological negotiation can be better analysed from an empirical rather than interpretivist perspective.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/212979
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