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Gender and Discourse

Gender and Discourse

Edited by:
  • Ruth Wodak - Lancaster University, UK, University of Lancaster, UK

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
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

Ruth Wodak

Ruth Wodak is Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University. Her research interests focus on discourse studies; identity politics; racism, antisemitism and other forms of discrimination; and on ethnographic methods of linguistic field work. She was awarded the Lebenswerk-Preis in 2018, which honors outstanding life work of personalities who are promoting and achieving gender equality.She was awarded the Wittgenstein Prize for Elite Researchers in 1996 and an Honorary Doctorate from University of Örebro in Sweden in 2010. She has held visiting professorships in University of Uppsala, Stanford University,... More About Author

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