Communicating Gender Diversity A Critical Approach

ISBN-10: 1412925592

ISBN-13: 9781412925594

Edition: 2007

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Description: Communicating Gender Diversity: A Critical Approach examines the variety of ways in which communication of and about gender enables and constrains peoples intersectional identities. Authors Victoria Pruin DeFrancisco and Catherine Helen Palczewski place an emphasis not on how gender influences communication, but on how communication constitutes gender. Operating from a gender diversity perspective, Communicating Gender Diversity explores how gender is constructed through interpersonal and public discourse about and in the institutions of family, education, work, religion, and media. Key Features Offers an intersectional approach: The text does not essentialize gender, but recognizes the way identity ingredients intersect with, and influence, one another. Integrates social scientific, critical/cultural, and rhetorical analyses: This is the only text that expends extensive time on the work of Judith Butler as it theorizes how gender is something people do and perform, not something they are. Moves beyond an individual, personal understanding of gender: Gender is not something over which people have absolute control, therefore social change is not something for which a particular person is responsible, but something in which all must participate. Instructors Resources CD! A comprehensive teachers resource CD-ROM contains a detailed conceptual outline of every chapter, discussion questions, extended quotations from key sources for the chapter, additional exercises, and cultural resources to be used as in-class illustrations, such as Web pages, music, and video examples. Intended Audience This core text is ideal for courses exploring gender, diversity, and communication as found in departments of Communication, Womens Studies, Sociology, Psychology, and Cultural Studies.

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Book details

List price: $88.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/21/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Foundations
Developing a Critical Gender/Sex Lens
Gender Differences: A Cultural Obsession
A Critical Vocabulary or a New Lens Prescription
Putting It All Together
Alternative Approaches to Understanding Gender/Sex
Biological Approaches
Psychological Approaches
Descriptive Cultural Approaches
Critical Cultural Approaches
Conclusion: Gender Diversity
Gendered/Sexed Voices
Constructing a Critical Gender/Sex Lens
Constructing Gender/Sex in Communication
Cultural Perceptions of Gender/Sex Styles and Speakers
Power and Talk
Conclusion
Gendered/Sexed Bodies
Gender Embodiment: Why Nonverbals Matter
Constructing a Critical Gender/Sex Lens
Components of Nonverbal Communication
Gender as Body Performance
Refusing the Command Performance
Conclusion
Gendered/Sexed Language
Theories Explaining the Power of Language
Language Can Be Used to Oppress and Subordinate
Language as Resistance
Conclusion: An Ethics of Language
Institutions
Introduction to Gender in Social Institutions
What Is an Institution?
Institutional Control and Hegemony
Gender Is a Social Institution
Institutionalized Gendered/Sexed Violence
Unit Preview
Family
Family as a Social Institution
Interlocking Institutions
Family Constructs (and Constrains) Gender
Emancipatory Families
Conclusion
Education
Education as a Social Institution
Interlocking Institutions
It's Not About Sex Difference
Education Constructs (and Constrains) Gender
Emancipatory Education
Conclusion
Work
Work as a Social Institution
Interlocking Institutions
It's Not About Sex Difference
Work Constructs (and Constrains) Gender
Work as Liberation and Locations of Empowerment in Work
Conclusion
Religion
Religion as a Social Institution
Interlocking Institutions
It's Not About Sex Difference
Religion Constructs (and Constrains) Gender
Religion as Liberation and Locations of Empowerment in Religion
Conclusion
Media
Media as a Social Institution
Interlocking Institutions
It's Not About Sex Difference
Media Construct (and Constrains) Gender
Media as Always Liberatory and Constraining
Conclusion
One Last Look Through a Critical Gendered Lens
References
Index
About the Authors
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