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12 February 2018
Sociolinguistics; Gender studies, gender groups; Educational equipment & technology, computer-aided learning (CAL)
Representations of gender in learning materials convey an implicit message to students about attitudes towards culturally appropriate gender roles for women and men. This collection takes a linguistic approach to exploring theories about gender representation within the sphere of education and textbooks, and their effects on readers and students within an international context.

In the opening section, contributors discuss theories of representation and effect, challenging the conventional Althusserian model of interpellation, and acknowledging the challenges of applying Western feminist models within an international context. Following chapters provide detailed analyses focusing on a number of different countries: Australia, Japan, Brazil, Finland, Russia, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Germany, Qatar, Tanzania, and Poland. Through linguistic analysis of vocabulary associated with women and men, content analysis of what women and men say in textbooks, and discourse analysis of the types of linguistic moves associated with women and men, contributors evaluate the extent to which gendered representations in textbooks perpetuate stereotypical gender roles, what the impact may be on learners, and the ways that both teachers and learners interact and engage with these texts.
Edited by:   Abolaji S. Mustapha (Sheffield Hallam University UK and Lagos State University Nigeria), Sara Mills (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781138499126
ISBN 10:   1138499129
Series:   Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics
Pages:   250
Publication Date:   12 February 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sara Mills is Research Professor in Linguistics at Sheffield Hallam University. She has published in the areas of feminist linguistics and politeness research, for example on language and sexism, gender and politeness. Her books include Gender and Politeness (2003) and Language, Gender and Feminism (with Mullany) (2011). Abolaji S. Mustapha is Senior Lecturer at Lagos State University, Nigeria. He has published in the areas of gender, language policy, politeness, and multilingualism. His publications include Gender in Language Use (2010) Compliment response patterns in Nigerian English (2010) and The hegemony of the English language in Nigeria (2014).

Reviews for Gender Representation in Learning Materials: International Perspectives

'This collection of various representations of gender found in English Language Learning textbooks is a rich one with a new theoretical visions to the field as well as fresh explorations of textbooks from around the world. Mills and Mustapha have assembled an incredible variety of original explorations of how gender still matters and still reveals problematic societal assumptions.' -Allyson Jule, Trinity Western University, Canada

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