The following is the abstract for my Ph.D thesis. My advisor for this research was Dr. Paul baker from Lancaster University in the U.K..
This thesis describes the analysis of a 300,000 word corpus of texts taken from a white
supremacist web forum, which refer to the subject of homosexuality. The study examined
the language used to construct heterosexual, white masculinities and the representations
of gay men, ethnic minority groups and other out-groups, and how such groups are
interlinked by the in-group. In order to achieve this, the corpus was subjected to three
stages of analysis. Firstly, a corpus-driven approach was taken which was centred on the
study of frequency, keywords, collocation and concordance analyses. This was followed
by a detailed qualitative study of two posts from the forum and the threads in which they
were located. The third stage of the analysis consisted of a corpus-based approach which
combined the corpus linguistic and qualitative analyses. It was found that the in-group
constructed themselves as both victims and guardians, who, in protecting the white race
and family, considered themselves in conflict with gay men and other minority groups.
The analysis of the data demonstrated a convergence of reactionary responses to the
challenges of not only the movements of women, gay men and lesbians, but also of racial
minorities. Furthermore, a lack of homogeneity on fundamental issues was found, which
appeared indicate that due to the forum format of the data, topics were discussed and
negotiated rather than dictated to by group hierarchy as would be the case in a top-down
structured organisation. It was also seen how white supremacist leaders have attempted to
position the movement away from the fringes of society and into the mainstream.