Ethnographies of Language and Gender: Resources for Teaching Undergraduate Anthropology

See below for a list of recent ethnographies on language and gender, which will appeal to educators and students of anthropology, particularly at the undergraduate level, as well as to readers with a general interest in linguistic anthropology.

These titles were suggested on the LINGANTH listserv by members of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, and to make additional suggestions, please email: or post your suggestions to LINGANTH. Ethnographies are listed in reverse chronological order of publication.

[UPDATE 11/9/2015: See also suggested titles for recent ethnographies dealing with language socialization on the SLA blog]

Click on the images to learn more about each title.


Manning, P. (2015). Love Stories: Language, Private Love, and Public Romance in Georgia. University of Toronto Press.


Tetreault, C. (2015). Transcultural Teens: Performing Youth Identities in French Cités. John Wiley & Sons.


Billings, S. (2013). Language, Globalization and the Making of a Tanzanian Beauty Queen (Vol. 2). Multilingual Matters.


Jones, L. (2012). Dyke/Girl: Language and Identities in a Lesbian Group. Palgrave Macmillan.


Bucholtz, M. (2011). White Kids: Language, Race, and Styles of Youth Identity. Cambridge University Press.


Gaudio, R. P. (2011). Allah Made Us: Sexual Outlaws in an Islamic African City (Vol. 5). John Wiley & Sons.


LaBennett, O. (2011). She’s Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn. NYU Press.


Fader, A. (2009). Mitzvah Girls: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn. Princeton University Press. 


Goodwin, M. H. (2008). The Hidden Life of Girls: Games of Stance, Status, and Exclusion. John Wiley & Sons.


Mendoza-Denton, N. (2008). Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs. John Wiley & Sons.


Gaunt, K. D. (2006). The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop. NYU Press.


Inoue, M. (2006). Vicarious Language: Gender and Linguistic Modernity in Japan (Vol. 11). University of California Press.


Jacobs-Huey, L. (2006). From the Kitchen to the Parlor: Language and Becoming in African American Women’s Hair Care. Oxford University Press.


Abu-Lughod, L. (1999). Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society. University of California Press.


Kulick, D. (1998). Travesti: Sex, Gender, and Culture among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes. University of Chicago Press.


see also:


Motschenbacher, H. (2012). An Interdisciplinary Bibliography on Language, Gender and Sexuality (2000–2011). John Benjamins Publishing.


Holmes, J., & Meyerhoff, M. (Eds.). (2008). The Handbook of Language and Gender (Vol. 25). John Wiley & Sons.



To make additional suggestions of recent ethnographies on language and gender, please email: or post your suggestions to LINGANTH.


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  1. recent ethnographies of language and gender | steven talmy

    […] The LINGANTH listserv has been busy today discussing recent ethnographies of language and gender, especially suitable for undergrads (but of course, not just them!). The results of that discussion have been uploaded to the SLA (Society for Linguistic Anthropology) blog. […]

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