Ann Weatherall: Gender, Language and Discourse

Barker, Meg (2003). Ann Weatherall: Gender, Language and Discourse. Feminism & Psychology, 13(3) pp. 398–402.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0959353503013003011

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I would highly recommend Weatherall’s book to anyone interested in these issues of gender and language. It gives a very readable and thorough overview of both traditional and social constructionist psychological work in this area, bringing in relevant materials from other disciplines. Beyond this, the book is a useful contribution to the literatures on both gender and language separately. It draws on, and has implications for, wider debates about gender difference research, quantitative versus qualitative methods in feminist psychology, and whether gender is something we perform rather than a stable identity. It also explores broader themes about the importance of language in human understanding, providing a clear introduction to the methods of discourse and conversation analysis, which I found very useful when teaching students who were grappling with these ideas for the first time.

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