Language and Gender, 2nd Edition
April 2010, Polity
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Part I Preliminaries: Airing Stereotypes and Early Models.
1 Language and gender.
About this book.
Linguistic sex differentiation.
Sex versus gender.
Sex and gender as troublesome dichotomies.
Why is language study important for feminism?
2 Talking proper.
Women, men and ‘Standard' English.
Sex, gender and voice quality.
3 Women's language' and 'man made language'.
'Man made language'.
Conclusion and lead-in to part II.
Part II Interaction among Women and Men.
4 Telling stories.
A couple tell a story.
At the family dinner-table.
Generalizing from research findings.
Conversation as a genre.
The conversational division of labour.
Men's and women's interactional styles.
Equal but different?
6 Difference-and-dominance and beyond.
Deficit, dominance and difference.
The trouble with 'dominance'.
The trouble with 'difference'.
Beyond difference: the influence of poststructuralism.
Part III Discourse and Gender: Construction and Performance.
7 Critical perspectives on gender identity.
Discourse and discourses.
Gender identity and subject positioning.
The discursive construction of maternity.
Examining constructions of gender identity.
Women and consumerism.
Multiple voices in magazines.
The voice of a friend.
Men as consumers.
9 New men and old boys.
Dominance and control.
The importance of being hetero.
Change and resistance.
10 Public talk.
Women and the public sphere.
Women in charge: dealing with the doublebind.
Media representations of working women.
11 Language, gender and sexuality.
Homosociality among male university students.
The sexual politics of consent.
Resisting heteronormative identities.
12 Reclaiming the language.
Modes of struggle.
Resistance and Contestation.
Struggles over access.
What is 'political correctness'?