Discursive construction of fatherly suicide
Justyna Ziółkowska , Dariusz Galasiński
AbstractIn this article we are interested in stories of sons and daughters about their fathers who completed suicide. The data come from 10 interviews with survivors of suicidal death of their fathers. Taking a constructionist view of discourse, we aim to analyse sons’ and daughters’ narratives in the context of two conflicting discourses of (positive) fatherhood and (negative) suicide. We shall show how they use the discursive strategies of distancing in the narratives about fathers’ suicide as a means of coping with the two conflicting discourses. And so, first, they avoid labelling the act as suicide, second, they avoid direct reference to the fact that it was their father who completed the act, third, they dilute the father’s responsibility for the act.
|Journal series||Critical Discourse Studies, ISSN 1740-5904, (A 20 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.8|
|Keywords in English||Suicide survivors, parental suicide, father, masculinity, mental health, discourse analysis|
|Publication indicators||: 2017 = 0.924; : 2017 = 0.821 (2) - 2017=1.267 (5)|
|Citation count*||6 (2020-11-25)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.