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  • Subject index

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.

‘It's a Game!’: The Construction of Gendered Subjectivity
‘It's a game!’: The construction of gendered subjectivity

This chapter explores issues of power and subjectivity through data collected of a family interacting while playing a game. I will use linguistic analysis, read through a feminist poststructuralist framework, to tell a story about how discourses impact on each other. My aim is to highlight the negotiations for positions of power which exist within this family. The family in the study is my family and I am the mother of that family. Therefore, it could be suggested that I write with what feminists Thorne and Yalom refer to as ‘the actual voice of mothers' (1982: 12). However, I acknowledge that there can be no one voice which could speak ...

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