Sociolinguistics of gender/sexual stereotyping

a transnational perspective

Authors

  • Michelle M. Lazar National University of Singapore

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/genl.34574

Keywords:

gender and sexual stereotypes, transnational perspective

Abstract

In commenting on the articles in this special issue, I focus on a sociolinguistics of gender and sexual stereotyping through a transnational perspective. Defining stereotypes as distillations of types of persons and practices expressive of ideological meanings and integral to power relations, a sociolinguistics study of stereotyping is proposed as encompassing a number of dimensions: the constitutiveness of language, discourse and genre; flatness and roundedness of stereotypes; negative and positive social meanings; enduring and shifting stereotypes; identity entanglements; power(s) of stereotyping; and local and translocal aspects. The multifaceted dimensions emerge out of a transnational perspective of studies from a variety East Asian contexts. Such a perspective surfaces shared resonances of heteropatriarchy across these contexts as well as distinctive articulations of hegemony and change in particular situations.

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Published

2017-12-06

How to Cite

Lazar, M. M. (2017). Sociolinguistics of gender/sexual stereotyping: a transnational perspective. Gender and Language, 11(4), 575–585. https://doi.org/10.1558/genl.34574