This book examines the professional discourses produced in women’s media in Malaysia and the subject positions that they make available for career women. Drawing on feminist critical discourse analysis, critical stylistics and feminist conversation analysis, it identifies a range of gendered discourses around employment and motherhood that are underpinned by postfeminism and neoliberal feminism. Through close linguistic analysis of magazine and newspaper articles and radio talk, the study reveals that these discourses substitute balance, individual success, self-transformation and positive feelings for structural change, and entrench the very issues hindering gender workplace equality. Chapters discuss topics such as sexism, work-family balance, extensive and intensive mothering, breadwinning, gender stereotypes, beauty work, ‘synthetic sisterhood’, media practices and gender equality policies. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of language and gender, discourse analysis, and media, communication and cultural studies as well as policy-makers, media practitioners and feminist activists.
1 Gender Inequality in Malaysian Professional Life.- 2 Postfeminism, Neoliberal Feminism and Professional Identities in the Media.- 3 Approaches to Analysing Discourses.- 4 Neoliberal Feminism and Media Discourses of Employed Motherhood.- 5 Postfeminist Discourses and Work Feminities in Women's media.- 6 Synthetic Sisterhood in Malaysian Women's media.- 7 Gender workplace Equality: From Research to Policy and Practice.
Melissa Yoong is Assistant Professor in Sociolinguistics at the University of Nottingham Malaysia. She has published research exploring language, gender and sexuality issues in print, broadcast and digital media.
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Dimensioni: 210 x 148 mm Ø 350 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:1 Illustrations, black and white
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