The Discoursal Construction of Gender



In this chapter I address some issues of gender and discourse which I feel receive insufficient attention in the literature. I look mainly at the notion of construction in relation to discourse and gender, assuming that discourse constructs gender in some sense. I also consider performance, assuming that discourse can be actively used, and discourses produced, to perform gender. A third assumption is that the concepts of construction and performance are related, but not the same thing. A fourth is that both can be achieved in speech and in writing. I also consider how claims of construction and performance might be empirically supported.


Gender Identity Conversation Analysis Critical Discourse Analysis Dancing Class Linguistic Evidence 
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© Jane Sunderland 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Linguistics and Modern English LanguageLancaster UniversityUK

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