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De-Gendering Gendered Occupations
Analysing Professional Discourse

ISBN 9780367562403
Published May 6, 2022 by Routledge
230 Pages

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Book Description

De-Gendering Gendered Occupations brings together contributions from researchers on language and gender studies and workplace discourse to unpack and challenge hegemonic gendered norms encoded in what are traditionally considered female occupations. The volume integrates a range of theoretical frameworks, including conversation analysis, pragmatics, and interactional sociolinguistics, to analyse data from such professions as primary education, healthcare, and speech and language therapy across various geographic contexts. Through this lens, the first part of the book examines men’s linguistic practices with the second part offering a comparative analysis of 'male' and 'female' discourse. The settings discussed here allow readers to gain insights into the ways in which cultural, professional, and gendered identity intersect for practitioners in these professions and in turn, future implications for discourse around gendered professions more generally. This book will be key reading for students and researchers in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, gender studies, cultural studies, and professional discourse.

Table of Contents

Table of contents

Part One


Chapter One: Introduction

Joanne McDowell


Chapter Two: Male eldercare workers in New Zealand

Bernadette Vine

Meredith Marra

Janet Holmes


Chapter Three: "We are breastfeeding, right?" Exploring the discourse of male healthcare providers in antenatal consultations in Malawi

Stephanie Schnurr

Rachel Chimbwete- Phiri


Chapter Four: A discourse of caring: A case study of male nurses’ discourse and identity construction in the United Kingdom and New Zealand

Joanne McDowell

Marina Lazzaro-Salazar

Meredith Marra


Chapter Five: Finding their own voice in a women’s world: A case study of male nurses in New Zealand

Marina Lazzaro-Salazar



Part Two


Chapter Six: De-gendering communicative English classrooms in Vietnam. A case study of a male teacher in a female profession

Nhung Hong Thi Nguyen


Chapter Seven: "Nice, threat-free and child-friendly": Gendered discourses in the Speech and Language Therapy profession

Lia Litosseliti

Claire Leadbeater


Chapter Eight: Performing Classroom Management in the Primary School Classroom: A Cross-National Study

Joanne McDowell

Revert Klattenberg

Friedrich Lenz


Chapter Nine: Gender and (Im)Politeness in Classroom Discourse: Using Pre-reproach Questions to Respond to Pupils’ Parallel Activities in a ‘Context of Care’

Revert Klattenberg

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Joanne McDowell is a Principal Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Hertfordshire, England. She specialises in the area of workplace discourse, gender studies, identity construction, classroom discourse and interactional sociolinguistics. She has published in numerous edited collections and journals including journals Gender, Work and Organisation; Gender and Language, and Gender and Education.