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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.

Gender and Racism in Discourse
Gender and racism in discourse

Indeed, at times the process of analysis is largely based around critically interrogating one's own taken-for-granted assumptions and expectations.

(Wetherell and Potter, 1992: 103)

Often discourse analysis targets the way in which reality is constructed. In this sense, discourse analysis belongs within a social constructivist framework (see Potter and Wetherell, 1987; Wetherell and Potter, 1992; Edwards and Potter, 1992). Insight into the general question of how reality is constructed can be found in many different ways. It is possible to examine: the constitution of the subject; the way it is oppressed by hierarchies; and dominant sexist (for example) discourses (for example, Lovering, 1995: 27). Kitzinger and Thomas look at the discursive strategies through which ‘sexual harassment’ is made ...

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