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Language, Gender and Parenthood Online Negotiating Motherhood in Mumsnet Talk

By Jai Mackenzie Copyright 2019
    134 Pages
    by Routledge

    134 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Language, Gender and Parenthood Online explores the digital interactions of parents on the UK-based internet discussion forum Mumsnet Talk, a space dominated by users sharing a common identification as women, parents and mothers. Using a qualitative approach grounded in feminist poststructuralist theory, Jai Mackenzie uncovers ‘common-sense’ assumptions about gender and parenthood, explores the construction of gender and parenthood in digital contexts and how discourses of gendered parenthood are negotiated, resisted and subverted. This is key reading for students, scholars and researchers in the field of language and gender, as well as language and digital communication.

    Acknowledgements; Chapter 1. Introduction; Chapter 2. Analyzing language, gender and parenthood online: a feminist poststructuralist approach; Chapter 3. Constructing gender and parenthood in digital contexts; Chapter 4. Researching Mumsnet Talk; Chapter 5. Discourses of gendered parenthood in Mumsnet Talk; Chapter 6. Negotiating, resisting and subverting discourses of gendered parenthood in Mumsnet Talk; Chapter 7. Conclusion: language, gender and parenthood online; References; Index


    Jai Mackenzie is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Nottingham. Her primary research interests lie in explorations of language, gender, sexuality and parenthood, especially in new media contexts.