Critical Pragmatic Analysis of Gender Representations in Media Reports of Domestic Violence


    One of the major Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations is the realization of peaceful and inclusive societies by 2030. Given the devastating effects of domestic violence, this paper provided a pragmatic analysis of gender representations in media reports. Specifically, the paper analysed the pragmatics of representations in order to ascertain the framing of actors in cases of domestic violence in Nigeria. Data were drawn from purposively selected ten (10) media reports gathered from: The Punch, Daily Trust, The Guardian, The Vanguard, Premium Times and Nigerian Tribune. The analysis of this study dwlled on the metaphorical characteristics, speech acts, implicatures, presupposition and politeness norms deployed in the projection of Self and Others in the discourses.  The objective was among other things to determine implications of domestic violence against women in Nigeria. The analysis of the data revealed that Nigeria’s media discourse on domestic violence represented women as dominated actors. In addition, the reports demonstrated unequal power relations between male and female genders in Nigeria’s patriarchal society. In light of the findings, it was recommended that the government demonstrates more commitment to the realization of gender equality, as this has implications for the realisation of a peaceful Nigerian society.

    Keywords: pragmatics, gender, media, domestic, violence

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    author/OAMEN Felicia (PhD)

    journal/Zamfara IJOH Vol. 1 Issue 3