The role of dualism in environmental discourse:

an analysis of documentary films that address the agriculture issue

Keywords: Discursive formation, environmental discourse, documentary film


Focusing on the concept of discursive formation, this paper tested the hypothesis that dualism would play a central role inside what we called an anti-industrial agriculture discursive formation. Therefore, we analyzed the recurrence of several binary schemes shared by the six documentary films that composed the corpus of the study. French discourse analysis was the theoretical and methodological approach that conducted the research. The hypothesis was confirmed, and after the identification of the binary schemes, we were able to divide them into two groups: the ones that are connected to the archetypical opposition between life and death and the ones that integrate the opposition between the antagonistic principles of freedom and slavery.


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Author Biographies

Priscila Muniz de Medeiros, Universidade Federal de Alagoas. Maceió – AL, Brasil

Professora adjunta do curso de Jornalismo da Universidade Federal de Alagoas (Ufal).

Isaltina Maria Azevedo de Mello Gomes, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Comunicação. Recife – PE, Brasil

Professora titular da Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE).

How to Cite
Medeiros, P., & Gomes, I. (2018). The role of dualism in environmental discourse:. MATRIZes, 12(3), 277-296. Retrieved from
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