New PDF release: Language and Gender (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)

By Penelope Eckert, Sally McConnell-Ginet

ISBN-10: 0511077653

ISBN-13: 9780511077654

ISBN-10: 0521652839

ISBN-13: 9780521652834

ISBN-10: 0521654262

ISBN-13: 9780521654265

This can be a new advent to the examine of the relation among gender and language use, written by way of of the top specialists within the box. It covers the most subject matters, starting with a transparent dialogue of gender and of the assets that the linguistic procedure bargains for the development of social that means. The physique of the ebook deals extraordinary breadth and intensity in its assurance of the interplay among language and social existence. it's the perfect textbook for college kids in language and gender classes in different disciplines, together with linguistics, gender reports, women's reports, sociology, and anthropology.

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The list goes on and on, and together these oppositions yield the quintessential man and woman -- Superman and Scarlett O’Hara. While many (perhaps even most) individuals or groups reject some or all of these both as actual descriptions and as ideals to which to aspire, virtually all our readers will recognize that they are part of a pervasive image of male and female. The dominant ideology does not simply prescribe that male and female should be different -it insists that they simply are different.

Finally, gender is asymmetrical. However a person may feel about the current gender order, there is no question that male and female are not simply two equal sides of a coin. Inequality is built into gender at a very basic level. Indeed, Kate Bornstein (1998) has said that gender is just a system to justify inequality. In arguing for the universality of beliefs in male superiority, Sherry Ortner and Harriet Whitehead (1981, p. ’’ In more recent writings, Ortner (1990, 1996) offers a more complex view of gender, observing that there are generally different axes of social value or prestige operative in a given society, with men ahead on some and women on others, but that some axes are more deeply embedded in social life and thought than others.

The separation of gender cultures does not necessarily entail male--female misunderstanding, although it describes the conditions under which such misunderstanding could develop. Certainly, if girls and boys are segregated on a regular basis, we can expect that they will develop different practices and different understandings of the world. The extent to which this actually occurs depends on the nature of the segregation -- when, in what contexts, for what activities -- in relation to the actual contact between boys and girls.

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