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Power relationships in gender-related disclosures: Exploring language in selected Fortune 500 companies’ sustainability reports

Hossain, Dewan Mahboob and Nik Ahmad, Nik Nazli and Siraj, Siti Alawiyah (2017) Power relationships in gender-related disclosures: Exploring language in selected Fortune 500 companies’ sustainability reports. International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 12 (3). pp. 262-288. ISSN 1477-9048 (In Press)

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Abstract

This research investigates power relationships in the disclosure on women and gender related issues in corporate sustainability reports. For this purpose fifty two companies from the 2013 Fortune top 100 list were selected. Critical discourse analysis (CDA) was conducted on the basis of Fairclough’s (1989) framework. Fairclough suggested analysing the language from three dimensions: text, process and social. Through CDA the notions of power and hegemony were identified and explained with the help of Bourdieu’s cultural capital as suggested by Everett (2004) and Aaken et al. (2012). The research concludes that discourses on women and gender carry the traditional patriarchal notions and reflect traditional ideas about women prevailing in most of the societies. Women were presented as a distressed species and companies tried to portray themselves as the saviours of women. The findings of this research contribute to the critical accounting literature by highlighting the strategic use of language in relation to gender issues by large global corporations. Copyright © 2017 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1371/57432
Uncontrolled Keywords: Power relationships, gender-related disclosures
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Accounting
Depositing User: Dr. Nik Nazli Nik Ahmad
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 15:52
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2018 15:53
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/57432

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