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Chapter Eleven: Gender and Power in Discourse
Gender and Power in Discourse
Many of us are now familiar with at least some of the ways that hierarchical social structures and norms divide people into two classes, men and women, and how somewhat different tasks, expectations, and evaluations are assigned to those classes and to the way women and men talk. In this chapter, we shall take a deeper look at conceptions of gender and power asymmetries, and discuss some of the ways discourse analysis research is helping to change ideas about how ‘gender’ is constructed through various types of talk and text.
Some people think that the terms ‘women’ and ‘gender’ are synonymous, and assume that if the research is about ‘gender’ then it belongs primarily ...