1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Communication

    712 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    712 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume provides an extensive overview of current research on the complex relationships between gender and communication. Featuring a broad variety of chapters written by leading and upcoming scholars, this edited collection uses diverse theoretical frameworks to provide insight into recent concerns regarding changing gender roles, representations, and resources in communication studies. Established research and new perspectives address vital themes in this comprehensive text, including the shifting politics of gender, ethical and technological trends in gendered media, and gender in daily life. Comprising 39 chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into six thematic sections:

    • Gendered lives and identities

    • Visualizing gender

    • The politics of gender

    • Gendered contexts and strategies

    • Gendered violence and communication

    • Gender advocacy in action

    These sections examine central issues, debates, and problems, including the ethics and politics of gender as identity, impacts of media and technology, legal and legislative battlegrounds for gender inequality and LGBTQ+ human rights, changing institutional contexts, and recent research on gender violence and communication. The final section links academic research on gender and communication to activism and advocacy beyond the academy.

    The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Communication will be an invaluable reference work for students and researchers working at the intersections of gender studies and communication studies. Its international perspectives and the range of themes it covers make it an essential and pragmatic pedagogical resource.

    Part I Gendered lives and identities

    1 Performing Gender Complaint as Airport Activism, Or: Don’t Get Over It When It’s Not Over

    Stacy Holman Jones and Anne Harris

    2 Dense Particularities: Race, Spirituality, and Queer/Quare Intersectionalities

    Bryant Keith Alexander

    3 Gaysian Fabulosity: Quare(Ing) the Normal and Ordinary

    Shinsuke Eguchi

    4 Communication, Gender, and Career in MENA Countries: Navigating the Push and Pull of Empowerment and Exclusion

    Astrid M. Villamil and Suzy D’Enbeau

    5 Chicano Masculinities

    Kostia Lennes

    6 A New Materialist Framework for Activism in the Age of Mediatization: The Entanglement of Bodies, Objects, Images, and Affects

    Mariam Betlemidze

    Part II Visualizing gender

    7 Interrogating the Awkward Black Girl: Beyond Controlling Images of Black Women in Televised Comedies

    Kimberly R. Moffitt and Tammy Sanders Henderson

    8 The Male Gaze in Visual Culture

    Claire Sisco King

    9 Vida: Anti-Colonial Queer and Feminist Web TV and the Gaze of Allyship

    Carolyn Elerding

    10 Body Image and Global Media

    Jasmine Fardouly, Vani Kakar, and Phillippa C. Diedrichs

    11 Blood, Bodies, and Shame: Indian Artists Combating Menstrual Stigma on Instagram

    Marissa J. Doshi

    12 Monstrous Erasure: Quare Femme (in)Visibility in Get Out

    Bernadette Marie Calafell

    13 Queer Aesthetics, Playful Politics, and Ethical Masculinities in Luca Guadagnino’s Filmic Adaptation of André Aciman’s Call Me By Your Name

    J. Nautiyal

    14 Feminist and Queer Arts Activism

    Clare Johnson

    Part III The Politics of Gender

    15 Making Waves: Maxine Waters’s Black Feminist and Womanist Rebuke of Supremacist Hegemony

    Tracey Owens Patton and Nancy Small

    16 One Step Forward … Gender, Communication and the Fragility of Gender(ed) Political Progress

    Michele L. Hammers, Nina M. Lozano, and Craig O. Rich

    17 The Specter of Trans Bodies: Public and Political Discourse about "Bathroom Bills"

    Kc Councilor

    18 Research on Gender and Political Rhetoric: Masculinity, Ingenuity, and the Double Bind

    Kristina Horn Sheeler, Serena Hawkins, and Eline Van Den Bossche

    19 Resisting Orientalist/Islamophobic Feminisms: (Re)Framing the Politics of Difference

    Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui and Shadee Abdi

    20 Negative Spaces in the Triangle of Gender, Religion, and New Media: A Case Study of the Ultra-Orthodox Community in Israel

    Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar

    21 Invisible in/Humanity: Feminist Epistemic Ethics and Rhetorical Studies

    Kundai Chirindo

    Part IV Gendered Contexts and Strategies

    22 Organizational Discourse and Sexuality in Male-Dominated Organizational Settings

    Clifton Scott, Aly Stetyick, and Jaime Bochantin

    23 Shifting Sands and Moving Goalposts: Communicating Gender in Sport

    Kitrina Douglas and David Carless

    24 Gender, Sexuality, and Health Communication During the Illness Experience

    Kallia O. Wright and Kesha Morant Williams

    25 Women First: Bumble™ as a Model for Managing Online Gendered Conflict

    Sean Eddington and Patrice M. Buzzanell

    26 Straight (White) Women Writing about Men Bonking? Complicating our Understanding of Gender and Sexuality in Fandom

    Mel Stanfill

    Part V Gendered Violence and Communication

    27 Imaging Rape, Imagining Woman in Popular Indian Cinema: Victim, Vigilante, or Goddess?

    Sunera Thobani

    28 Speak Up, Sis: Black Women, Race, and News Coverage of the Me Too Movement

    Tia C. M. Tyree

    29 Digital Testimonios and Witnessing of Salma Hayek and America Ferrera’s Disclosures of Sexual Harassment and Assault

    Raisa F. Alvarado and Michelle A. Holling

    30 From Innocents to Experts: Queer and Trans of Color Interventions into #Metoo

    Elena Elías Krell

    31 Symbolic Erasure as Gendered Violence: The Link Between Verbal and Physical Harm

    Kate Lockwood Harris

    32 Sherlock Holmes and the Case for Toxic Masculinity

    Ashley Morgan

    Part VI Gender Advocacy in Action

    33 Queer Praxis: The Daily Labors of Love and Agitation

    Dustin Bradley Goltz and Jason Zingsheim

    34 Communicating Gender Advocacy: Riding the Fourth Wave of Feminism

    Sarah Jane Blithe and Mackenna Neal

    35 The Oppositional Gaze As Spectacle: Feminist Visual Protest Movements in China

    Nickesia S. Gordon and Yuhan Huang

    36 Refusing Mastery, Mastering Refusal: Critical Communication Pedagogy and Gender

    Benny Lemaster and Deanna L. Fassett

    37 Gender Futurity at the Intersection of Black Lives Matter and Afrofuturism

    Amber Johnson

    38 Latinx Feminist Activism for the Safety of Women Journalists

    Aimée Vega Montiel

    39 Pushing Boundaries: Toward the Development of a Model for Transing Communication in (Inter)Cultural Contexts

    Gust A. Yep, Sage E. Russo, and Jace Allen


    Marnel Niles Goins (Ph.D., Howard University) is Interim Dean of the College of Sciences and Humanities and Professor of Communication at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

    Joan Faber McAlister (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Media, & Social Change at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Bryant Keith Alexander (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale) is Professor and Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

    "A timely collection for those interested in the complexity of intersectionality and tired of the old white feminist binary "read" on gender and communication." 

    - Professor Dreama G. Moon, Ethnic Studies Advisory Council, Department of Communication, California State University