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Gender in Communication

Gender in Communication
A Critical Introduction

Third Edition
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February 2018 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Gender in Communication: A Critical Introduction embraces the full range of diverse gender identities and expressions to explore how gender influences communication, as well as how communication shapes our concepts of gender for the individual and for society. This comprehensive gender communication book is the first to extensively address the roles of religion, the gendered body, single-sex education, an institutional analysis of gender construction, social construction theory, and more. Throughout the book, readers are equipped with critical analysis tools they can use to form their own conclusions about the ever-changing processes of gender in communication.

New to the Third Edition:

  • Current examples in the chapter openers illustrate how a critical gendered lens is necessary and useful by discussing recent events such as Jon Stewart’s critique of the outcry over a J Crew ad, reactions to Serena Williams’s body, photos of a young boy who likes to wear dresses, and the use of Photoshop to create thigh gaps.
  • Updated chapters on voices, work, education, and family reflect major shifts in the state of knowledge.
  • Expanded sections on trans and gender nonconforming reflect changes in language. All other chapters have been updated with new examples, new concepts, and new research.
  • More than 500 new sources have been integrated throughout, and new sections on debates over bathroom bills, intensive mothering, humor, swearing, and Title IX have been added.
  • “His” and “her” pronouns have been replaced with “they” in most cases, even if the reference is singular, in an effort to be more inclusive.


Events Informing the Third Edition  
Why Studying Gender in Communication Is Important  
Core Principles  
Organization of the Book  
New to This Edition  
Individual Acknowledgments  
Social Acknowledgments  
Chapter 1 Developing a Critical Gender/Sex Lens
Systemic Gendered Violence  
Chapter 2 Theories of Gender/Sex
Biological Theories  
Psychological Theories  
Critical/Cultural Theories  
Applying Gender Theory: Some Useful Criteria  
Chapter 3 Gendered/Sexed Voices
Conversation Work  
Identity Work  
Relationship Work  
Chapter 4 Gendered/Sexed Bodies
Body Politics  
Disciplining Gendered Bodies  
Refusing the Command Performance  
Chapter 5 Gendered/Sexed Language
The Power of Language  
Language Can Be Used to Oppress and Subordinate  
Language as Resistance  
Chapter 6 An Introduction to Gender in Social Institutions
Prejudice Versus Institutionalized Discrimination  
Institutional Control  
Institutionalized Gendered/Sexed Violence  
Chapter 7 Families
Defining Family and Gender/Sex Roles  
The Nuclear Family  
The State of Families  
Doing and Undoing Motherhood  
Communicating in Families  
(Un)Doing Family  
Chapter 8 Education
The Politics of Knowledge  
Gendered Expectations and Interpersonal Communication  
Emancipatory Education  
Chapter 9 Work
Pay Equity and Job Segregation  
Sex Discrimination in the Workplace  
Work as Liberation and Locations of Empowerment  
Chapter 10 Religion
Why Study Religion, Gender, and Communication?  
Religion and Gender/Sex Roles  
Religion and Sexuality  
Religion as Liberation and Locations of Empowerment  
Chapter 11 Media
Defining Media and How They Function  
The Gaze(s)  
Who Is Represented in Media  
How People Are Represented  
Chapter 12 One Last Look Through a Critical Gendered Lens
About the Authors


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  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter is included.
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  • Discussion questions help students analyze some of the key concepts in each chapter.

It is not often when students say THANK YOU for adopting a book, and talk about the parts they enjoyed that were not connected to a question for an exam, but to questions that have had for their own lives. This is that book. It challenges them, engages them, and opens their minds. It has elevated the discussions in the courseroom and the classroom.

Professor Michelle Dusseau
School of Communication, University Of Central Florida
February 27, 2018

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ISBN: 9781506358451