A Critical Discourse Analysis of South Asian Women's Magazines: Undercover Beauty

A Critical Discourse Analysis of South Asian Women's Magazines: Undercover Beauty

by Linda McLoughlin

Hardcover(1st ed. 2017)

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This intriguing book applies Critical Discourse Analysis to a range of South Asian women’s lifestyle magazines, exposing the disconnection between the magazines’ representations of South Asian women and the lived realities of the target audience. The author challenges the notion that discourses of freedom and choice employed by women’s magazines are emancipatory, demonstrating instead that the version of feminism on offer is a commodified form which accords with the commercial aims of the publications. McLoughlin demonstrates that whilst British magazines present women in the East as the exotic and culturally superior ‘Other’, women in India are encouraged to emulate Western women to signify their engagement with globalization and modernity. She uses data from focus groups carried out in both countries to illustrate the interpretive frameworks and multivocality of participants’ attitudes, experiences and beliefs. This thought-provoking book will appeal to students and researchers of Language and Linguistics, Women’s Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137398772
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 07/05/2017
Series: Palgrave Studies in Language, Gender and Sexuality
Edition description: 1st ed. 2017
Pages: 263
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Linda McLoughlin is a senior lecturer in the English Department at Liverpool Hope University, UK. She specializes in Language, Gender and Sexuality and Critical Discourse Analysis. She is the author of The Language of Magazines (2000) and has appeared on BBC radio talking about her research.

Table of Contents

- Chapter 1. Introduction.- Chapter 2. Orienting the reader – the legacy of colonialism and cultural imperialism.- Chapter 3. The Aesthetics of beauty – commodification.- Chapter 4. For the woman who wants the world – commodified feminism.- Chapter 5. East meets West – cultural hybridity.- Chapter 6. Men’s voices in women’s magazines.- Chapter 7. Readers’ responses – multi-vocal expressions of identity.- Chapter 8. Conclusion.

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