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: soclinganth@gmail.com 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

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

tetreault

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

billings

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

jones

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

bucholtz

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

Gaudio

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

LaBennett

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

fader

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

goodwin

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

mendozadenton

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

gaunt

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

Inoue

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

JacobsHuey

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

abulughod

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

kulick

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

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see also:

biblio

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

handbook

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

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To make additional suggestions of recent ethnographies on language and gender, please email: soclinganth@gmail.com 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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