1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender, and Sexuality

Edited By Jo Angouri, Judith Baxter Copyright 2021
    650 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    650 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Shortlisted for BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics) Book Prize 2022

    The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender, and Sexuality provides an accessible and authoritative overview of this dynamic and growing area of research. Covering cutting-edge debates in eight parts, it is designed as a series of mini edited collections, enabling the reader, and particularly the novice reader, to discover new ways of approaching language, gender, and sexuality.

    With a distinctive focus both on methodologies and theoretical frameworks, the Handbook includes 40 state-of-the art chapters from international authorities. Each chapter provides a concise and critical discussion of a methodological approach, an empirical study to model the approach, a discussion of real-world applications, and further reading. Each section also contains a chapter by leading scholars in that area, positioning, through their own work and chapters in their part, current state-of-the-art and future directions.

    This volume is key reading for all engaged in the study and research of language, gender, and sexuality within English language, sociolinguistics, discourse studies, applied linguistics, and gender studies.

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    List of Contributors



    1 Introduction: Language, gender, and sexuality; sketching out the field

    Jo Angouri

    Part 1: Variationist approaches

    2 Non-binary approaches to gender and sexuality

    Penelope Eckert & Robert J. Podesva

    3 Sexuality as non-binary: A variationist perspective

    Erez Levon

    4 Perception of gender and sexuality

    Kathryn Campbell-Kibler & deandre miles-hercules

    5 Gender diversity and the voice

    Lal Zimman

    Part 2: Anthropological and ethnographic approaches

    6 Ethnography and the shifting semiotics of gender and sexuality

    Kira Hall & Jenny L. Davis

    7 Gender, language, and elite ethnographies in UK political institutions

    Sylvia Shaw

    8 ‘Gay, aren't they?' An ethnographic approach to compulsory heterosexuality

    Jodie Clark

    9 Anthropological discourse analysis and the social ordering of gender ideology

    Susan U. Philips

    10 Using Communities of Practice and ethnography to answer sociolinguistic questions

    Ila Nagar

    11 Digital ethnography in the study of language, gender, and sexuality

    Piia Varis

    Part 3: Interactional sociolinguistic approaches

    12 Interactional sociolinguistics: Foundations, developments, and applications to language, gender, and sexuality

    Cynthia Gordon & Deborah Tannen

    13 Leadership and humour at work: Using interactional sociolinguistics to explore the role of gender

    Stephanie Schnurr & Nor Azikin Mohd Omar

    14 More than builders in pink shirts: Identity construction in gendered workplaces

    Jo Angouri, Meredith Marra, & Shelley Dawson

    15 Interactional sociolinguistics in language and sexuality research: Benefits and challenges

    Corinne A. Seals

    Part 4: Ethnomethodological and conversation analytic approaches

    16 The accomplishment of gender in interaction: Ethnomethodological and conversation analytic approaches to gender

    Lorenza Mondada

    17 Feminist conversation analysis: Examining violence against women

    Emma Tennent & Ann Weatherall

    18 Performance in action: Walking as gendered construction practice in drag king workshops

    Luca Greco

    19 Gender and sexuality normativities: Using Conversation Analysis to investigate heteronormativity and cisnormativity in interaction

    Stina Ericsson

    20 Examining girls’ peer culture-in-action: Gender, stance, and category work in girls’ peer language practices

    Ann-Carita Evaldsson

    Part 5: Sociocultural and critical approaches

    21 Language, gender, and sexuality: reflections on the field’s ongoing critical engagement with the sociopolitical landscape

    Lia Litosseliti

    22 Applying queer theory to language, gender, and sexuality research in schools

    Helen Sauntson

    23 Text trajectories and gendered inequalities in institutions

    Susan Ehrlich & Tanya Romaniuk

    24 ‘I thought you didn’t accept gay marriage Fr’: Combining Corpus Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis to investigate the representation of gay marriage and the Irish Mammy stereotype in Mrs Brown's Boys

    Bróna Murphy & María Palma-Fahey

    25 The impact of language and gender studies: public engagement and wider communication

    Deborah Cameron

    Part 6: Poststructuralist approaches

    26 Poststructuralist research on language, gender, and sexuality

    Bonny Norton

    27 Analysing gendered discourses online: Child-centric motherhood and individuality in Mumsnet Talk

    Jai Mackenzie

    28 Leadership language of Middle Eastern women: Using Feminist Poststructuralist Discourse Analysis to study women leaders in Bahrain

    Haleema Al A'Ali

    29 Feminist poststructuralism: discourse, subjectivity, the body, and power: the case of the Burkini

    Chris Weedon & Amal Hallak

    30 Affect in language, gender, and sexuality research: studying heterosexual desire

    Kristine Kohler Mortensen & Tommaso M. Milani

    31 Language, gender, and the discursive production of women as leaders

    Roslyn Appleby

    Part 7: Semiotic and multimodal approaches

    32 Gender and sexuality in discourse: Semiotic and multimodal approaches

    Michelle M. Lazar

    33 Multimodal constructions of feminism: The transfiguration of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in Vogue

    Linda McLoughlin

    34 Judged and condemned: Semiotic representations of women criminals

    Carmen Rosa Caldas-Coulthard 

    35 Confident appearing: Revisiting Gender Advertisements in contemporary culture

    Kirsten Kohrs & Rosalind Gill

    36 Doing gender and sexuality intersectionally in multimodal social media practices

    Sirpa Leppänen & Sanna Tapionkaski

    Part 8: Corpus linguistic approaches

    37 Lovely nurses, rude receptionists, and patronising doctors: determining the impact of gender stereotyping on patient feedback

    Paul Baker & Gavin Brookes

    38 Investigating gendered language through collocation: The case of mock politeness

    Charlotte Taylor

    39 The South African news media and representations of sexuality

    Sally Hunt

    40 Women victims of men who murder: XML mark-up for nomination, collocation, and frequency analysis of language of the law

    Amanda Potts & Federica Formato



    Jo Angouri is Professor and the University-level Academic Director for Education and Internationalisation at the University of Warwick, UK, and Visiting Distinguished Professor at Aalto University, School of Business, Finland. She is the author of Culture, Discourse, and the Workplace. Jo's research areas include leadership and teamwork in high-pressure, high-risk professional settings; language, politics, and ideology; and migration, mobility, and multilingualism.

    Judith Baxter was Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics at Aston University, UK. Her areas of research specialism included gender and language, discourse of leadership, and feminist poststructuralist discourse analysis. She wrote numerous journal articles on these topics as well as four acclaimed monographs.



    This comprehensive Handbook provides an invaluable survey of the wide range of theories and especially methodologies embraced by researchers world-wide to illuminate the relationship between language, gender and sexuality. It provides both newcomers and established scholars with access to the latest state-of-the-art research and offers valuable insights into how this contributes to understanding and addressing real world issues.  

    Janet Holmes, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand