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Language, Gender, and Power:: Politics of Representation and Hegemony in South Asia

Language, Gender, and Power:: Politics of Representation and Hegemony in South Asia

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  • ISBN-13: 9780199067398
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Release Date: Aug 19, 2015
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.7 x 8.8 inches

Overview

The book focuses on the role of language as a powerful tool in representing and structuring the world. It explores how language can help construct stereotypes, identities, and human relationships. By constructing stereotypes language also manifests and perpetuates gender differences. The author examines how gender is in fact made up on a continuous basis in different linguistic and artistic expressions, e.g., sayings and proverbs, jokes, songs, films, TV plays, newspapers, theatre, and slogans behind vehicles, and reveals how these apparently playful activities strengthen gender stereotypes unnoticed. The book highlights the politics of representation and hegemony with regard to women with special reference to language. The readers are encouraged to realize that on the one hand language is a tool of control and hegemony while on the other hand it can be used to mount resistance against hegemony by reversing the discourse.

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