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Representations of Aboriginal women in pregnancy information sources: a critical discourse analysis

  • Author / Creator
    Ritcey, Chantal
  • The goal of this study is to critically examine health information sources in order to determine whether Aboriginal women are represented in these resources, and if so, how they are being presented. This research is intended to illuminate the practices around the construction of information, and to demonstrate that the manners in which information is conveyed can be problematic. To accomplish these goals, critical discourse analysis was utilized to explore both consumer health publications available to pregnant women in Edmonton, Alberta, as well as academic publications available to students and healthcare providers through the University of Alberta Libraries. Through this critical analysis of these resources, it is clear that information is being constructed in a manner that supports neocolonial practices and reinforces negative stereotypes of Aboriginal women. The analysis of these sources also demonstrates ways in which information can be constructed more appropriately, to avoid racializing tendencies.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Library and Information Studies
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R36H99
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • School of Library and Information Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Given, Lisa (School of Library and Information Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Jardine, Cindy (School of Public Health)
    • Julien, Heidi (School of Library and Information Studies)