Reinventing Identities: The Gendered Self in Discourse

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Mary Bucholtz, A. C. Liang, Laurel A. Sutton
Oxford University Press, Sep 2, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 448 pages
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Talk is crucial to the way our identities are constructed, altered, and defended. Feminist scholars in particular have only begun to investigate how deeply language reflects and shapes who we think we are. This volume of previously unpublished essays, the first in the new series Studies in Language and Gender, advances that effort by bringing together leading feminist scholars in the area of language and gender, including Deborah Tannen, Jennifer Coates, and Marcyliena Morgan, as well as rising younger scholars. Topics explored include African-American drag queens, gender and class on the shopping channel, and talk in the workplace.

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Transgression and Progress in Language and Gender Studies
Identity as Invention
Identity as Ideology
Identity as Ingenuity
Identity as Improvisation
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Page 4 - The parodic repetition of gender exposes as well the illusion of gender identity as an intractable depth and inner substance. As the effects of a subtle and politically enforced performativity, gender is an "act," as it were, that is open to splittings, self-parody, self-criticism, and those hyperbolic exhibitions of "the natural" that, in their very exaggeration, reveal its fundamentally phantasmatic status.
Page 9 - ... bad subjects" who on occasion provoke the intervention of one of the detachments of the (repressive) State apparatus. But the vast majority of (good) subjects work all right "all by themselves," ie by ideology (whose concrete forms are realized in the Ideological State Apparatuses).

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