Babae Kasi A Feminist Post Structural Discourse Analysis on Filipino Mother Daughter Relationship and Communication of Gender Norms

Babae Kasi: A Feminist Post-Structural Discourse Analysis on Filipino Mother Daughter Relationship and Communication of Gender Norms

Lacuarta, N.G., & Paguio, M.M. (2019). BABAE KASI: A Feminist Post-Structural Discourse Analysis on Filipino Mother-Daughter Relationship and Communication of Gender Norms, Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.

This thesis looks into the current gender norms of Filipino women and how these norms are being communicated within mother and daughter relationships. Gender norms are constructed and socialized within institutions such as the family, and in particular, mother-daughter dyads. To examine how gender norms are communicated in these dyads, this thesis analyzed interviews from 12 pairs of mothers and daughters from Metro Manila. The study employed feminist post-structuralism, family communication patterns theory, communicated narrative sense making theory, and Kapwa theory as guides to arrive at an understanding of how gender norms are learned within Filipino mother- daughter relationships. The findings from this thesis validated the literature describing that current gender norms in the Philippines are largely conservative, yet to an extent, liberal. It was also found that most of the mothers’ beliefs are communicated to the daughters; communication was usually one-way, spontaneous, and triggered by external events. Through discourse analysis, the researchers argue that construction of gender norms always locates women in relation to men, thus granting power to men’s perceptions. Discourses emerged from relationships and communication between mothers and daughters as they shared identities and beliefs.

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