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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, Discourse and Senior Education: Ligatures for Girls, Options for Boys?
Gender, discourse and senior education: Ligatures for girls, options for boys?

This chapter links its discussion of gendered discursive practices in schooling to a discussion of the important differences in ‘life chances' that education can confer upon its graduates. Education usually gives people two types of life chances: additional ‘options' in their lives, which means a greater range of choices in their future; and stronger ‘ligatures’, which means the bonds between individuals and groups that develop as a result of people's experiences in education. I suggest that there are sex differences in access to options and ligatures that relate directly to gendered discursive practices and norms that the institution of education helps to reproduce and ...

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