Keywords of the manosphere

McGlashan, Mark and Krendel, Alexandra (2023) Keywords of the manosphere. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 29 (1). pp. 87-115. ISSN 1384-6655

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This paper examines language used in five of the largest manosphere communities on Reddit (r/TheRedPill, r/braincels, r/MensRights, r/seduction, and r/MGTOW) to identify idiosyncratic language use within these communities. To do so, a novel methodology which combines key-key-word analysis with notions from set theory was used to identify and compare keywords between corpora, and finds keywords that are used uniquely within – and thus are distinctive to – these five separate communities. The paper achieves the following: i) presents a novel method for identifying what we term complement keywords (keywords that are not shared between multiple different corpora when compared against the same reference corpus), and ii) explores idiosyncratic language use in five separate manosphere communities. The analysis first examines interdiscursive relationships between communities emerging from the complement keywords identified before discussing community-specific preoccupations emergent in the idiosyncratic language use found in these five communities.

Item Type: Article
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13 February 2023Accepted
14 August 2023Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: keywords, key-key-words, complement keywords, corpus-based discourse analysis, manosphere
Subjects: CAH19 - language and area studies > CAH19-01 - English studies > CAH19-01-01 - English studies (non-specific)
CAH19 - language and area studies > CAH19-01 - English studies > CAH19-01-03 - literature in English
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > College of English and Media
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2024 15:04
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 12:08

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