Imbalances in Power Structure Depicting in Pakistani Dramas: An Interdiscursive Analysis


  • Salma Naeem Foundation University School of Social Sciences and Technology, Rawalpindi
  • Saba Zaidi Rawalpindi Women University, Rawalpindi


Critical Discourse Analysis , Interdiscursive Analysis , Power Structures , Pakistani Dramas , Van Dijk Model



The study peruses Pakistani dramas to acknowledge interdiscursivity through Van Dijk's socio-cognitive model which comes under the umbrella of Critical Discourse Analysis. The study observes that Pakistani society is facing challenges at various levels as shown in Urdu dramas. The study evaluates human violation through interdiscursive practices and the language strategies being operated and drilled through various characters in selected dramas to control the nation's progression by exhibiting their social environment through the lens of Pakistani media. In this qualitative research, Van Dijk's model has been used to analyze data. The study reveals that interdiscursivity delves into the underlying agenda to inculcate certain ideologies and discursive practices. The study also exposes that challenges related to the imbalance in power structures faced by Pakistani society are shaped through Pakistani Urdu dramas which block the overall social, political, educational, and economic development of the nation. The findings conclude that language is used as a tool by Pakistani media to achieve hidden agendas instead of bringing change in the society which can lead to a developed nation. The study helps us to understand interdiscursivity and how it develops discourse in a variety of societal contexts that inhibit progress.


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How to Cite

Naeem, S., & Zaidi, S. (2024). Imbalances in Power Structure Depicting in Pakistani Dramas: An Interdiscursive Analysis. Pakistan Journal of Gender Studies, 24(1), 234–252. Retrieved from