Aleph
Volume 7, Numéro 4, Pages 105-114

The Representation Of Women In The New Algerian Family Code In Relation To Marriage And Its Dissolution

Authors : Bekhedda Zohra . Sarnou Dalal .

Abstract

This study aimed at analysing Algerian women’s legal position between patriarchal conditioning and family code reforms. It scrutinized the Algerian Family Code of 2005, in relation to marriage and its dissolution to examine the implementation of patriarchal values and women subordination within this legal discourse. To investigate this issue, this study opted for Critical Discourse Analysis (henceforth CDA) as an approach. More precisely, in this paper, Van Dijk’s (2004) socio-cognitive framework was employed to detect the discursive strategies of 'positive self-representation' and 'negative others- representation' (Polarization of US vs. THEM).The findings of this research indicated that women are discursively represented as inferior obedient, and dependent to men . In brief, the present paper identified how the aforementioned code reinforces men’s power and authority, and reflects an existing negative image of women in the Algerian society

Keywords

Patriarchal conditioning ; legal discourse ; socio –cognitive ; discursive strategies