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Language and Sexism

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  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521001748

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  • The issue of sexist language has been hotly debated within feminist circles since the 1960s. Previous books have tended to regard sexism in language as easy to identify and have suggested solutions to overcome and counter sexism. Sara Mills takes a fresh and more critical look at sexism in language, and argues that even in feminist circles it has become a problematic concept. Drawing on conversational and textual data collected over the last ten years, and with reference to recent research carried out in a range of different academic disciplines, Mills suggests that there are two forms of sexism - overt and indirect. Overt sexism is clear and unambiguous, while indirect sexism is based on pragmatics and the meaning and interpretation of utterances. Indirect sexism is extremely common and we therefore need new ways to challenge and analyse its usage in language.

    • Was the first book in many years to provide an overview of research on sexism
    • Draws on a wide range of examples in the media, from newspapers and advertisements
    • Challenges conventional views of sexism
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    '… very useful as a discussion and evaluation of the past and present work on linguistic sexism in English, anti-sexist reform and its public reception.' Journal of Sociolinguistics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521001748
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Overt sexism
    3. Language reform
    4. `Political correctness'
    5. Indirect sexism
    6. Conclusions.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Sociolinguistics
    • Language and Gender
    • Language as Power
    • Language, Gender, and Society
    • Language, Sex and Gender
    • Racism & Sexism
    • Topics in Linguistics: Homophobia and Sexism in Language
  • Author

    Sara Mills
    Sara Mills is a Research Professor in Linguistics in the English Department at Sheffield Hallam University. Her recent publications include Gender and Colonial Space (2004) and Gender and Politeness (Cambridge, 2003).

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