Gender and Discourse (Sage Studies in Discourse) by Ruth Wodak

By Ruth Wodak

The individuals to this assortment supply a vital creation to the ways that feminist linguistics and significant discourse research have contributed to our realizing of gender and intercourse. via reading how those views were utilized to those suggestions, the members offer either a evaluation of the literature, in addition to a chance to keep on with the latest debates during this quarter. Gender and Discourse brings jointly eu, American and Australian traditions of analysis. via an research of a number of `real' information, the members display the relevance of those theoretical and methodological insights for gender study specifically and social perform ordinarily.

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THEORETICAL D EBATES IN FEMINIST LINGUISTICS 35 of ideology as it has traditionally been understood is to serve the interests of the powerful by mystifying the sources of their power, making it appear 'natural' and immutable, and inducing us to desire at least some aspects of the status quo even though it disempowers us. Gender differentiation serves this naturalizing and mystifying purpose with respect to male dominance and female subordination, and that is why a feminist cannot be content with a social science which equates studying gender with merely describing the differences.

Pp. 163- 86. van Dijk, Teun (1993) van Dijk, Teun (1997) Elite Discourse and Racism. London: Sage. Topics in the Theory of Ideology. London: Sage. vass, Elisa (1992) ' Diskursanalyse als interdiszipliniires Forschungsgebiet', MA thesis, University of Vienna. West, Candace and Zimmerman, Don H. (1991) 'Doing gender', in Judith Lorber and Susan A. Farrell leds), The Social Construction of Gender. London: Sage. pp. 13-37. Wetschanow, Karin (1995) ' ''Als wenns a Grammatikfehler war": Splittingver­ halten einer Gruppe mit links-alternativ feministischer Unisozialisation', MA thesis, University of Vienna.

Mathieu notes that this privileging of social roles over bio­ logical traits has been the standard approach of the social sciences. In some versions (such as structural functionalism) the roles are treated as complementary; in feminist versions they are more often treated as hierarchical, involving male dominance and female subordination, and some degree of conflict between the two groups. Mathieu's third paradigm is 'heterogeneity' : sex and gender are different in kind. The idea that their relationship is either homologous or analogous, or in other words that sex is in some sense the foundation for gender, is regarded within this approach as an ideological fiction.

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