Mothers as stancetakers: Intertextuality in same-sex marriage debates in Taiwan

Hsi Yao Su*

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This paper explores the Taiwanese same-sex marriage debates from a particular analytical perspective: (1) how the identity as a mother is employed as stancetaking moves in both the supporting and opposing discourses, and (2) how stances are taken through intertextual links among the same-sex marriage-related discourses and the larger discourses concerning motherhood. It examines the online posts of two mother bloggers, focusing on how evaluative stances and parodic frames are achieved and how intertextual links help both bloggers to align or misalign themselves with particular value positions. The analysis reveals how the mother identity, traditionally situated in the private sphere, can be mobilized to advance arguments in political debates. It also exemplifies the ideological contestation about motherhood and family in Taiwan, where traditional Chinese cultural ideologies and Western influences co-exist.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-212
Number of pages21
JournalDiscourse and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Mar


  • Chinese cultural ideologies
  • Taiwan
  • intertextuality
  • motherhood
  • parody
  • same-sex marriage
  • stancetaking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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