LINGUIST List 31.2647

Tue Aug 25 2020

Books: Women, Language and Politics: Shaw

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Date: 19-Aug-2020
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Subject: Women, Language and Politics: Shaw
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Title: Women, Language and Politics
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Sylvia Shaw
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107080881 Pages: 334 Price: U.S. $ 125
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107080881 Pages: 334 Price: U.K. £ 95

This book addresses the problem of the underrepresentation of women in politics, by examining how language use constructs and maintains inequality in political institutions. Drawing on different political genres from televised debates to parliamentary question times, and fifty interviews with politicians between 1998 and 2018, the book identifies the barriers and obstacles women face by considering how gender stereotypes constrain women's participation, and give them additional burdens. By comparing the UK House of Commons with newer institutions such as the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly, it asks: how successful have newer institutions been in encouraging equal participation? What are the interactional procedures that can be thought of as making an institution more egalitarian? It also explores the workings and effects of sexism, fraternal networks, high visibility in the media, and gendered discourses, through detailed case studies of Theresa May, Julia Gillard and Hillary Clinton.

1. Introduction
2. Gender and language in political institutions
3. Women's linguistic participation in a traditional male-dominated forum: the UK House of Commons
4. Women's linguistic participation in the new devolved assemblies of the UK
5. Barriers to women's participation in politics
6 Case studies I: leading political women: Theresa May
7. Case studies II: leading political women: Julia Gillard and Hilary Clinton
8. Women, language and politics: gains and losses.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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