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Title: Words, Worlds, and Material Girls
Subtitle: Language, Gender, Globalization
Edited By: Bonnie S. McElhinny
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110195743-1
Series Title: Language, Power, Social Process 19
Description:

This wide-ranging volume explores how gender and language are used and
transformed to discuss, enact, and project social differences in light of
global economic and political changes in the late nineteenth, twentieth,
and early twenty-first centuries. It presents analyses of language and
gender from a broad spectrum of national contexts: Catalonia, Canada,
China, India, Japan, Nigeria, Vietnam, Philippines, Tonga, and the United
States.

Cases studies consider language and gender in changing workplaces, schools
and immigrant integration work-shops, as well as in new and emerging sites
for consumption and the production of identity. They also analyze the
changing meanings of multilingualism, and the construction of ideologies
about gender and language in colonial and postcolonial/national ideologies.
The papers engage with and contribute to theoretical conceptualizations of
globalization, cosmopolitanism, (post)colonialism, (trans)nationalism, and
public spheres by drawing on a variety of sociolinguistic analytic
strategies (variation analysis, media analysis, interactional
sociolinguistics, ethnography of speaking, sociology of language, colonial
discourse analysis).

From the contents:

Introduction
Language, gender and economies in global transitions: Provocative and
provoking questions about how gender is articulated, Bonnie McElhinny

Section I. Scattered hegemonies
Symbolically central and materially marginal: Women’s talk in a Tongan work
group, Susan Philips - “Re-employment stars”: Language, gender and
neo-liberal restructuring in China, Jie Yang - When Aboriginal equals “at
risk”: The impact of institutional discourse on Aboriginal Head Start
families, Susanne Miskimmin

Section II. Emerging into history
Stage goddesses and studio divas in South India: On agency and the politics
of voice, Amanda Weidman - Echoes of modernity: Nationalism and the enigma
of “Women’s language” in late nineteenth century Japan, Miyako Inoue -
Recontextualizing the American occupation of the Philippines: Erasure and
ventriloquism in colonial discourse around men, medicine and infant
mortality, Bonnie McElhinny - Out on video: Gender, language and new public
spheres in Islamic Northern Nigeria, Rudolf P. Gaudio

Section III. Commodities and cosmopolitanism
Gender and bilingualism in the new economy, Monica Heller - African women
in Catalan language courses: Struggles over class, gender and ethnicity in
advanced liberalism, Joan Pujolar - Gender, multilingualism and the
American war in Vietnam, Binh Nguyen - Shop talk: Branding, consumption and
gender in American middle-class youth interaction, Mary Bucholtz -
Cosmopolitanism and linguistic capital in China: Language, gender and the
transition to a globalized market economy in Beijing, Qing Zhang - Gender
and interaction in a globalizing world: Negotiating the gendered self in
Tonga, Niko Besnier

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Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110195747
ISBN-13: 9783110195743
Pages: 454
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