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The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender, and Sexuality

ISBN 9781138200265
Published April 27, 2021 by Routledge
650 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations

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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.

Table of Contents

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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


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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