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Journal:   CULTURAL STUDIES & COMMUNICATION   WINTER 2017 , Volume 12 , Number 45 ; Page(s) 69 To 94.
 
Paper: 

DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF AIDS REPRESENTATION IN IRANIAN CINEMA: THE CASE OF BAREFOOT IN PARADISE

 
 
Author(s):  RAVADRAD AZAM, AGHAEI ATEFE
 
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Abstract: 

The purpose of this article is study discourse analysis of AIDS representation in Iranian film industry, so we have studied an Iranian movie, “Barefoot in Paradise”, as a case study. For this purpose, we have used Althusser’s concept of ideology and its effects on Laclau and Mouffe, and Cindy Patton’s concept of “AIDS invention”, and we have reviewed bio-medical and bio-medical-socio-psychological discourses. Finally we have tried to analyze the semantic structure of AIDS in the discourses existed in the movie. Two rival discourses have been recognized in this movie by using Laclau and Mouffe’s methodology, which are in semantic and semiotics discussions. The central signifier of one of these discourses is that the patient affected by Aids is guilty and another one emphasizes that these patients are human and interacts with them from this point of view. These kinds of semantic oppositions show that there are lots of conflicts in the areas of health and medicine and also indicate that many discourse oppositions will be formed when we react upon a disease.
Finally, although discourses are challenged in this movie, it is the main stream.

 
Keyword(s): LACLAU AND MOUFFE’S DISCOURSE ANALYSIS, DISCOURSES DISPUTE, IDEOLOGY, AIDS, MEDICAL DISCOURSE
 
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