ERIC Number: ED343174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Gender Politics: A Review of Journals and Feminist Scholarship.
A 1983 bibliography on sex, language, and communication included many studies from the communication literature as well as from psychology, linguistics, sociology, and many other fields. It appeared at the time that the number of studies on the subject was beginning to increase. Reviewers have noted the increasing growth of gender and communication research in the communication field. This paper describes a research project which analyzed what types of studies dealing with gender have been published in major communications journals in the past five years. The analysis determined that such articles tended to be reports of quantitative studies focusing on sex differences in isolated variables of speech. Such studies tend to take sex as a main predictor variable in order to document its effect on the criterion variable, their aim being to generalize from the specific to the universal. Increasing numbers of works, mostly done by feminists, have appeared raising consciousness of the masculine bias in the traditional, positivist paradigm of scientific research. For those doing research on gender and communication from a feminist perspective, women's communication must be studied in terms of how it constructs not only gender, but also their cultural, racial, and social identity and their interaction with gender. (One appendix containing 83 references is attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Feminist Criticism; Feminist Scholarship; Research Suggestions
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).