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Gender and Discourse

by Wodak R zn SAGE Publications Ltd
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The contributors to this collection offer an essential introduction to the ways in which feminist linguistics and critical discourse analysis 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.Gender and Discourse brings together European, American and Australian traditions of research. Through an analysis of a range of 'real' data, the contributors demonstrate the relevance of these theoretical and methodological insights for gender research in particular and social practice in general. Issues about power, racism and the gender-sex debate are discussed from a purely theoretical standpoint, while the volume goes on to focus on gendered discourse in both the public and private domains - the workplace, as well as the family. In addition, a number of studies from a more ethnographic point of view are provided, illustrating the impact of culture on the discursive construction of gender.Gende and Discourse will be essential reading for students of linguistics, gender and psychology.

Introduction - Ruth Wodak Some Important Issues in the Research of Gender and Discourse Theoretical Debates in Feminist Linguistics - Deborah Cameron Questions of Sex and Gender Gender, Power and Practice, or Putting Your Money (and Your Research) Where Your Mouth Is - Victoria de Francisco Gender and Racism in Discourse - Nora Rathzel Gender and Language in the Workplace - Shari Kendall and Deborah Tannen Ideologies of Public and Private Language in Sociolinguistics - Bonnie McElhinny Gender, Discourse and Senior Education - David Corson Ligatures for Girls, Options for Boys? Difference Without Diversity - Suzanne Eggins and Rick Iedema Semantic Orientation and Ideology in Competing Women's Magazines 'It's a Game!' - Alyson Simpson The Construction of Gendered Subjectivity Talking Power - Amy Sheldon Girls, Gender Enculturation and Discourse Women's Friendships, Women's Talk - Jennifer Coates Storytelling in New Zealand - Janet Holmes 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 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.... 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 and Psychology
Ruth Wodak is Chair of Discourse studies at the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University. She is Director of the research centre aDiscourse, Politics and Identitya at the Department of Linguistics, University of Vienna. Ruth is co-editor of SAGEas Discourse and Society, editor of Critical Discourse Studies and also editor of the journal of Language and Politics. She edits the book series Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture (DAPSAC).