9781412925594

Communicating Gender Diversity : A Critical Approach

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  • ISBN13:

    9781412925594

  • ISBN10:

    1412925592

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-06-21
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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Summary

The purpose behind Communicating Gender Diversity: A Critical Approach is not to provide any final conclusions about communicating gender. Because gender is a constantly evolving concept, both in terms of individualsÆ gender identity development and the larger cultureÆs predominant notions of gender, such absolute claims are not possible. Instead, the intent is to better equip readers with tools with which they can examine, and make sense of, the intersections of communication and gender. The text covers the variety of ways in which communication of and about gender and sex enables and constrains peopleÆs intersectional identities. The authors believe people are social actors and, as such, create meaning through their symbolic interactions. Thus, the book's emphasis is not on how gender influences communication, but on how communication constitutes gender. They also believe that people are capable of being self-reflective about communication processes, and creative in generating new ways to play with symbols.

Table of Contents

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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