Gender Articulated: Language and the Socially Constructed Self / Edition 1

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Gender Articulated is a groundbreaking work of sociolinguistics that forges new connections between language-related fields and feminist theory. Refuting apolitical, essentialist perspectives on language and gender, the essays presented here examine a range of cultures, languages and settings. They explicitly connect feminist theory to language research.

Some of the most distinguished scholars working in the field of language and gender today discuss such topics as Japanese women's appropriation of "men's language," the literary representation of lesbian discourse, the silencing of women on the Internet, cultural mediation and Spanish use at New Mexican weddings and the uses of silence in the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings.

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Twenty-three scholars in anthropology, linguistics, and literature continue the work initiated by Robin Lakoff in the area of gender and language. The essays are timely and disseminate cultural power positions through studies of the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearing, teenage magazines, and male resistance to female participation on the internet. The anthropologic contributions observe Butch/Femme speech patterns, contemporary slang, and "feminine" Japanese speech, as well as emerging discourses from African American Women and Latinas. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415913997
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/27/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Twenty Years after Language and Woman's Place 1
1 Cries and Whispers: The Shattering of the Silence 25
2 Pregnant Pauses: Silence and Authority in the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas Hearings 51
3 "This Discussion Is Going Too Far!": Male Resistance to Female Participation on the Internet 67
4 The "Father Knows Best" Dynamic in Dinnertime Narratives 97
5 Managing the Body of Labor: The Treatment of Reproduction and Sexuality in a Therapeutic Institution 121
6 A Synthetic Sisterhood: False Friends in a Teenage Magazine 143
7 Language, Gender, and Power: An Anthropological Review 169
8 Lip Service on the Fantasy Lines 183
9 Challenging Hegemonic Masculinities: Female and Male Police Officers Handling Domestic Violence 217
10 "I Ought to Throw a Buick at You": Fictional Representations of Butch/Femme Speech 245
11 Bitches and Skankly Hobags: The Place of Women in Contemporary Slang 279
12 "Tasteless" Japanese: Less "Feminine" Speech Among Young Japanese Women 297
13 "Are You With Me?": Power and Solidarity in the Discourse of African American Women 329
14 From Mulatta to Mestiza: Passing and the Linguistic Reshaping of Ethnic Identity 351
15 "Nobody Is Talking Bad": Creating Community and Claiming Power on the Production Lines 375
16 Reproducing the Discourse of Mothering: How Gendered Talk Makes Gendered Lives 401
17 Sometimes Spanish, Sometimes English: Language Use among Rural New Mexican Chicanas 421
18 The Writing on the Wall: A Border Case of Race and Gender 447
19 Constructing Meaning, Constructing Selves: Snapshots of Language, Gender, and Class from Belten High 469
About the Authors 509
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