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The contributors to this collection offer an essential introduction to the ways in which feminist linguistics and critical discourse analysis have contributed to our understanding of gender and sex. By examining how these perspectives have been applied to these concepts, the contributors provide both a review of the literature, as well as an opportunity to follow the most recent debates in this area. Gender and Discourse brings together European, American and Australian traditions of research. Through an analysis of a range of `real' data, the contributors demonstrate the relevance of these theoretical and methodological insights for gender research in particular and social practice in general.
Chapter 9: Talking Power: Girls, Gender Enculturation and Discourse
Talking Power: Girls, Gender Enculturation and Discourse
Children's worlds are arenas in which power, privilege and access are created, sought after, won and lost. Language is a major resource which allows children to make their way through the world. Language is also a powerful medium for teaching cultural novices, such as children, the community's tacit and dominant (that is, hegemonic) prescriptions for constructing gender (see Connell, 1987: 183ff for a discussion of gender hegemony). One of the major contributions of research on children's language is that it reveals how competent preschool children are with language, correctly encoding not only linguistic features, but also pragmatic and social features. Young children have a working knowledge of appropriateness, that is, of how ...