Sociolect of Czech mothers on Facebook



Year of publication 2024
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The language of motherhood has been formed by the institutional public discourse and by its construction of how mothers are expected to behave, which social values they should adhere to, and which duties and responsibilities are assigned to them. This has resulted in constructing mothers as primary caretakers who sacrifice their womanhood for the sake of being a perfect mother. With the spread of social networking, mothers have created online communities in which they do not only share mothering tricks and tips, but also construct the mother as a social actor with a distinctive social dialect. The objective of this paper is to analyze the sociolect of Czech mothers who are active on the Czech Facebook group called Protivný sprostý matky (Nasty mean mothers) that was created in January 2022 as a Facebook profile of a successful TV show broadcast on the online platform of the Czech Public TV. Framed by the feminist discourse analysis, the qualitative research of the posts and comments collected on this platform will discuss how Czech mothers and their choice of language related to mothering help to construct the identity of a mother in the Czech digital environment. It will search for how they refer to their maternal identity, how they negotiate their caretaking role and how they express their doubts and anxieties about failing the societal expectations of being a good mother.
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