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Language, Sex and Social Structure
Analysing Discourses of Sexuality
 
 
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13 Nov 2012
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Language, Sex and Social Structure offers a cutting edge, empirically driven approach to critical discourse analysis, challenging the text and language-based bias that most applications of CDA adopt. Drawing upon rich conversational data collected during a year-long ethnographic study of a community of practice (a university-based sports team), it introduces a method for uncovering nuanced correlations between homophobic attitudes and the concepts and social structures that sustain these attitudes. Situated within seminal work in discourse theory, practice theory, relevance theory and sociolinguistics, it presents a fresh perspective on recent debates in the field of language and sexuality.


The book provides a thorough critique of CDA together with a new methodology for critically analysing discourse, one which enables more sophisticated and contextualised analyses of ethnographic data than current models allow. Through a rigorous and insightful application of this methodology, it exposes subtle variations on discourses of sexuality in a community and offers new perspectives on the emancipatory potential of CDA.


Description

Language, Sex and Social Structure offers a cutting edge, empirically driven approach to critical discourse analysis, challenging the text and language-based bias that most applications of CDA adopt. Drawing upon rich conversational data collected during a year-long ethnographic study of a community of practice (a university-based sports team), it introduces a method for uncovering nuanced correlations between homophobic attitudes and the concepts and social structures that sustain these attitudes. Situated within seminal work in discourse theory, practice theory, relevance theory and sociolinguistics, it presents a fresh perspective on recent debates in the field of language and sexuality.


The book provides a thorough critique of CDA together with a new methodology for critically analysing discourse, one which enables more sophisticated and contextualised analyses of ethnographic data than current models allow. Through a rigorous and insightful application of this methodology, it exposes subtle variations on discourses of sexuality in a community and offers new perspectives on the emancipatory potential of CDA.


Contents

The Local Politics of Sexuality
Theorizing Social Structure
The Performative Production of Conceptual Systems
'Who's snogged a girl, who's slept with a girl': Sex Concepts and Individual Concepts
'Oh yeah, she's a good hockey player': Local, Emergent Social Structure
'And the size of his...' 'Shush!': Hockey, Achievement and the Silencing of Desire
'After university they'll go back to normal': The Emancipatory Agenda
Appendix
Bibliography
Index


Authors

JODIE CLARK is Senior Lecturer in English Language at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Her research is focused on the development of ethnographic, communities-of-practice oriented approaches to critical discourse analysis. Jodie is a member of the Linguistic Politeness Research Group and the Language and Interaction Research Group at Sheffield Hallam University.