Gender and the Workplace

Authored by: Louise Mullany , Melissa Yoong

The Routledge Handbook of Language in the Workplace

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138915855
eBook ISBN: 9781315690001
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This chapter begins by mapping the theoretical developments in the field of language and gender onto empirical workplace studies, with an emphasis on social-constructionist perspectives, indexicality, and gendered discourses. Next, we discuss the double bind and intersectionality in empirical studies, and provide an overview of work emerging from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Current research methods and the types of linguistic data examined are then reviewed. Lastly, we recommend raising awareness of stereotypes in the workplace through initiatives including training and consultancy, alongside other interventions, before emphasizing the need for global coverage in the field alongside intersectional approaches.

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