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Gender and Discourse

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October 1997 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The contributors to this collection offer an essential introduction to the ways in which feminist linguistics and critical discourse analysts have contributed to our understanding of gender and sex. By examining how these perspectives have been applied to these concepts, the contributors provide both a review of the literature, as well as an opportunity to follow the most recent debates in this area. Through an analysis of a range of real data, they also demonstrate the relevance of these theoretical and methodological insights for gender research in particular and social practice in general. A purely theoretical first part discusses the most relevant issues about power, racism, and the gender-sex debate, while the second part focuses on gendered discourse in both the public and private domains; the workplace, as well as the family. The third and final part provides the reader with a number of studies from a more ethnographic point of view where the impact of culture on the discursive construction of gender is illustrated. This fascinating volume succeeds in bringing together European, American, and Australian traditions of research and will be essential reading for all students of linguistics, gender, and psychology.

Ruth Wodak
Introduction
Some Important Issues in the Research of Gender and Discourse  
Deborah Cameron
Theoretical Debates in Feminist Linguistics
Questions of Sex and Gender  
Victoria de Francisco
Gender, Power and Practice, or Putting Your Money (and Your Research) Where Your Mouth Is
Nora R[um]athzel
Gender and Racism in Discourse
Shari Kendall and Deborah Tannen
Gender and Language in the Workplace
Bonnie McElhinny
Ideologies of Public and Private Language in Sociolinguistics
David Corson
Gender, Discourse and Senior Education
Ligatures for Girls, Options for Boys?  
Suzanne Eggins and Rick Iedema
Difference Without Diversity
Semantic Orientation and Ideology in Competing Women's Magazines  
Alyson Simpson
`It's a Game!'
The Construction of Gendered Subjectivity  
Amy Sheldon
Talking Power
Girls, Gender Enculturation and Discourse  
Jennifer Coates
Women's Friendships, Women's Talk
Janet Holmes
Storytelling in New Zealand
Women's and Men's Talk  

`The articles... are well presented and arranged into thematic groups... There are also several articles which stand out and will make Gender and Discourse worth buying for those who specialize in gender studies and discourse analysis.... Deborah Cameron's [chapter] is an excellent article with which to open the collection. The broad scope of theoretical issues addressed here provides an intelligent and accessible introduction to some of the central debates in contemporary feminist linguistics.... [the book] is a carefully balanced volume in which potentially conflicting agendas have been skilfuly united around a common context-based approach to discourse.... should prove to be a useful source book either for independent research or to support guided undergraduate study' - Language and Literature

`Ruth Wodak has done a service to all readers interested in language and gender by uniting in a single volume some exciting new papers by most of the world's leading

researchers in the field. A strength of the book is the wide range of ideological,

methodological and theoretical approaches which the authors adopt, which produces

a kind of treasure trove of current work in feminist linguistics. The common theme

that emerges from the papers is that we cannot properly understand language and

gender without integrating into our studies the communicative contexts of discourse' - Jenny Cheshire, University of London

'treasure trove of current work in

feminist linguistics' - Jenny Cheshire,

University of London

'This collection of thoughtful, often provocative essays explores a wide range of studies, ideas, and questions about the relationship of language and gender-- central issues in all of our lives' -

Cheris Kramarae, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

`Thoughtful and provocative, these essays explore a wide range of studies, ideas, and questions about the relationship of language and gender' - Cheris Kramarae, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

`Gender and Discourse is an insightful and thought provoking volume, which addresses itself to some of the most recent areas of theorizing and research in the field. A particular strengh of the collection lies in its use of interdisciplinary research to highlight the dynamism and synergy of this expanding domain' - Feminism & Psychology

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