Language, Gender and Feminism introduces students to key theoretical perspectives, methodology and analytical frameworks in the field of feminist linguistic analysis, providing readers with a comprehensive survey of the current state of the field.The book is split into three parts, designed to integrate theory, practice, methodology and analysis. The first part presents students with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to understand the field of study and the issues which surround it. The second part establishes the wide range of contemporary theories and approaches that feminist linguists take to gender and language study. The final part focuses on methodology and outlines research methods that can be adopted to conduct written and spoken language analysis, as well as a focus on reflexivity, ethics and the importance of producing research of practical relevance.A defining feature of the book is that it contains practical examples in every chapter in order to ensure that students can clearly observe the practical applications of all current theories and approaches. Within each chapter, a variety of current issues are explored in conjunction with specific case study illustrations. The case studies present readers with concrete examples of the most recent research developments which have focused upon these crucial areas of development. Examples are taken both from the authors' own research and from other researchers' studies which use data from a range of different global locations.This textbook ensures that both authentic spoken and written data from a wealth of different contexts, settings and sources are thoroughly analysed. Areas covered include: politics, religion, the workplace, education, cyberspace, media discourse, music, literary works, the family and friendship groups.Language, Gender and Feminism will be an invaluable introductory text for students of language and gender studies, communication studies and women's studies.
'Finally, a book that puts the "F" word (feminism, that is) back into Gender and Language. Mills and Mullany offer us a fresh perspective on a field that started out in second wave feminism and that has by and large abandoned the notion of feminism and how it fits into women's ways with words. The volume takes us through the various epistemological, theoretical, and methodological issues that need to be re-examined against a backdrop of feminist theory within in this very dynamic arena of scholarship. A must read for scholars and students working in the intersection of linguistics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, communication studies, Women's Studies, and gender.' --Diana Boxer, University of Florida, USA 'An important and timely book, Language, Gender and Feminism emphasizes feminism, as a political ideology and practice, at the heart of gender and language research.a Mills and Mullany persuasively argue for the continued relevance of feminism in contemporary societies, and the needafor gender and language scholars to be theoretically and methodologicallyainformedain order to navigateathe complexities in current discursive constructions of gender, sexuality and power, andato produce nuanced and self-reflexive analyses.aA must-read for feminist gender and language scholars!' --Michelle Lazar, National University of Singapore, Singapore 'An excellent book at just the right time! The authors remind us of the feminist roots of language and gender studies and argue for the importance of investigating the role that language plays in creating and sustaining unequal gender relations. This book should be on every linguist's bookshelf.' --Jennifer Coates, Emeritus Professor, Roehampton University, UK 'Gender and language research has needed this book for some time. It restates the political purpose of feminist linguistic studies and offers readers a thoughtful and clear account of complex theoretical and methodological issues as they relate to current developments in the field.' --Sylvia Shaw, Middlesex University, UK
1. Contemporary Issues in Language, Gender and Feminism 2. Why We Still Need Feminism 3. Theorising Gender 4. Feminist Linguistic Approaches 5. Methodological approaches 6. Sexuality 7. Sexism 8. Future Directions