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Gender in Communication

Gender in Communication
A Critical Introduction

Fourth Edition

November 2022 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Gender in Communication: A Critical Introduction embraces the full range of diverse gender identities and expressions to explore how gender influences communication, as well as how communication shapes our concepts of gender for the individual and for society at large. Authors Catherine Helen Palczewski, Danielle D. McGeough, and Victoria Pruin DeFrancisco equip readers with the critical analysis tools to form their own conclusions about the ever changing processes of gender in communication. This comprehensive gender communication book is the first to extensively address the roles of religion, the gendered body, single-sex education, an institutional analysis of gender construction, social construction theory, and more. The Fourth Edition has streamlined the text to make it more accessible to students without sacrificing the sophistication of the book's trademark intersectional approach. 


PART I: Foundations
Chapter 1 Developing a Critical Gender/Sex Lens
Chapter 2 Theories of Gender/Sex
Chapter 3 Gendered/Sexed Voices
Chapter 4 Gendered/Sexed Bodies
Chapter 5 Gendered/Sexed Language
Part II: Institutions
Chapter 6 An Introduction to Gender in Social Institutions
Chapter 7 Families
Chapter 8 Education
Chapter 9 Work
Chapter 10 Religion
Chapter 11 Media
Chapter 12 One Last Look Through a Critical Gendered Lens


About the Authors


Gender in Communication takes a contemporary approach to gender COMM research by elevating the standard areas of study to also
focus on more current issues of gender.

Professor Carla Harrell
Old Dominion University

This text will allow for undergraduate students to engage with the course material in a meaningful way. It incorporates relevant
examples and provides both breadth and depth of important gender concepts. It’s a strong text selection.

Professor Sara L. Trask
McKendree University
Key features


  • New chapter learning objectives aligned with chapter headings provide guideposts for what students will learn in each chapter.  

  • Current examples illustrate how a critical gendered lens is necessary and useful by discussing recent events such as masking and masculinity, TikTok protests against sexist dress codes, and Billy Porter and Billie Eilish's clothing.  
  • Expanded sections on trans and gender nonconforming people reflect changes in language. All other chapters have been updated with new examples, new concepts, and new research.
  • Over 230 new sources have been integrated throughout, and new sections on brain science, code-switching, consent, and digital Blackface have been added. 


  • To study how people construct, perform, and change gender and what factors influence these performances, the book focuses on seven core principles: 1) intersectionality, 2) Interdisciplinarity, 3) gender diversity, not sex differences, 4) gender is performed, 5) masculinity, 6) violence, and 7) emancipation.


  • An interdisciplinary approach creates a balance between social scientific, humanistic, and critical methods to help students recognize how broader, public discourse can influence gender.


  • Critical analysis tools help readers develop unique gendered lenses that enable them to formulate a multitude of their own questions about gender topics—rather than simply look for answers—and prepare them to critique gendered experiences in their lives.


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