Untying The Tongue

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The words and grammatical structure of a given language are the most basic building blocks of thought and communication; they reflect the ways speakers conceptualize themselves and their world and communicate with others. Since language reflects a culture's biases and inequities, a socially constructed, gendered power differential between men and women may lead each to have very different relationships to language. The essays in this collection explore some of the ways in which power and its expression (or repression) is gendered.

The contributors seek to discover contexts and patterns within which power is articulated, reproduced, and ultimately transformed. While some contributors provide primarily descriptive examinations of presumed gender differences, others seek to critique or deconstruct these supposed meanings associated with gender and power relationships. An important collection for scholars and researchers involved with communication and with gender issues.

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Explores some of the ways in which power and its expression (or repression) is gendered. Some chapters are primarily descriptive examinations of presumed gender differences, while others seek to critique or deconstruct these supposed meanings associated with gender and power relations. Contains sections on gender and the word, gender and the image, power and pedagogy, power and relation at home and at work, power and empowerment, and gender, power, and the media. Specific subjects include the construction of gender roles on MTV, and experiences of women majoring in biology and education. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275973155
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

LINDA LONGMIRE is Assistant Professor of Political Science, the Director of Women's Studies, and the Coordinator of International Studies at Hofstra University's interdisciplinary New College.

LISA MERRILL is Associate Professor of Speech Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Hofstra University's School of Communication.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Gender and the Word 1
1 Masculinist Generic Language and the U.S. Woman's Rights Movement, 1850-1920 5
2 The French Connection: Luce Irigaray and International Research on Language and Gender 13
3 The Possessive, Gender, and Subjectivity 25
4 Chinese Sexist Language, Behavior, and Cultural Attitudes 33
Pt. II Gender and the Image 41
5 Writing Lives and Telling Tales: Visions and Revisions 43
6 Reading Our Selves in The Cannibal Galaxy 53
7 Females and Feminism in New Yorker Cartoons 65
8 Basic Instinct: Does Hollywood Instinctively Marginalize Lesbians and Gays? 77
Pt. III Gender, Power, and the Media 87
9 Spectatorship and Complicity: Who Is the "Accused" in Popular Film Depictions of Gender and Violence? 91
10 Evolving Images of Women and Men: The Construction of Gender Roles on MTV 103
11 Teaching Theoretical Perspectives in the Gender and Communication Classroom: From Biology to Hegemony in Coach 113
12 Toward a Feminist Pedagogy: Using Television to Explore Gender and Communication Issues in the Classroom 123
Pt. IV Power and Pedagogy 139
13 The Grammar of Connected Teaching 143
14 Voices Seldom Heard: A Descriptive Analysis of Female and Male Teachers' Positive Interactions with Young People 151
15 (Re)telling the Old Tales: The Emerging Voices of Women in English and Mathematics 163
16 Lab Coats and Little Girls: The Science Experiences of Women Majoring in Biology and Education at a Private University 175
Pt. V Power and Relation at Home and at Work 193
17 Women and Friends in the Workplace: A Study of Coworker Relationships and the Communication Within Them 197
18 Case Management: Nurses and Physicians Confronting Gendered Organization 211
19 Communication Patterns and Decision Making: A Comparison of Third-Party Assessments and Couple Self-Reports 219
Pt. VI Power and Empowerment 235
20 A Feminist Guide to Studying Self-Esteem in Communication 239
21 Enhancing Argumentativeness and Argumentative Behavior: The Influence of Gender and Training 251
22 Strategic Storytelling: Constructing Self through Narrative and Nautilus 267
23 Women's Spirituality: Attitudes, Visions, and Health 281
24 Postmodern Possibilities: Gender, Power, and Moral Development 289
Index 301
About the Contributors 311
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