Gender Matters - Sara Mills

Gender Matters - Sara Mills

6. Third Wave feminist text analysis

Gender Matters - Sara Mills

Sara Mills [+-]
Sheffield Hallam University
Sara Mills is a Research Professor in Linguistics at Sheffield Hallam University. Her most recent publications include Gender and Colonial Space (2005, Manchester University Press), Michel Foucault (Critical Thinkers Series, 2003, Routledge), Feminist Post-Colonial Theory: An Anthology (edited with Reina Lewis, 2003, Edinburgh University Press) and Gender and Politeness (2003, Cambridge University Press).


In this essay, I contrast Second and Third Wave feminist linguistics. Broadly speaking, Second Wave feminism focuses on the language of women as a subordinated group and Third Wave feminism challenges the homogeneity of women as a group and focuses instead on localised studies. I challenge the notion that these forms of analysis are simply chronological so that Third Wave feminism supersedes and supplants Second Wave feminism. I argue that Third Wave feminism is best seen as a development from Second Wave feminism which nevertheless depends on the basic framework of Second Wave feminism for its theoretical integrity. 1 In order to contrast the way in which these two approaches work and to demonstrate that each can be put to work in particular contexts, I examine the difficulties for each approach in the analysis of sexism.

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Mills, Sara. 6. Third Wave feminist text analysis. Gender Matters. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 115 - 130 Feb 2012. ISBN 9781845534967. Date accessed: 15 May 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19768. Feb 2012

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