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Title: Sexed Texts
Subtitle: Language, Gender and Sexuality
Written By: Paul Baker

Sexed Texts explores the complex role that language plays in the
construction of sexuality and gender, two concepts that are often discussed
separately, although in practice are closely intertwined. The book draws on
a range of theoretical perspectives and published research including
performativity theory, feminism, queer studies, psychoanalytical theory,
Marxism, social constructionism and essentialism. Illustrative examples are
taken from written, spoken, internet, non-verbal, visual, media-scripted
and naturally occurring texts.

Some of the questions addressed in the book include: how do people
construct their own and other’s gendered or sexual identities through the
use of language? What is the relationship between language and desire? In
what ways do language practices help to reflect and shape different
gendered/sexed discourses as ‘normal’, problematic or contested? Taking a
broadly deconstructionist perspective, the book progresses from examining
what are seen as preferable or acceptable ways to express gender and
sexuality, moving towards more ‘tolerated’ identities, practices and
desires, and finally arriving at marginalized and tabooed forms. The book
locates sexuality and gender as socially constructed, and therefore
examines language use in terms of socio-historical factors, linking
changing conceptualisations of identity, discourse and desire to theories
surrounding regulation, globalisation, new technologies, marketisation and

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1845530748
ISBN-13: 9781845530747
Pages: 256
Prices: U.K. £ 55.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1845530756
ISBN-13: 9781845530754
Pages: 256
Prices: U.K. £ 15.99

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1845530748
ISBN-13: 9781845530747
Pages: 256
Prices: U.S. $ 95.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1845530756
ISBN-13: 9781845530754
Pages: 256
Prices: U.S. $ 24.95