Discourse Analysis as a Tool for Understanding Gender Identity, Representation, and Equality

Discourse Analysis as a Tool for Understanding Gender Identity, Representation, and Equality

Nazmunnessa Mahtab (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh), Sara Parker (John Moores University, UK), Farah Kabir (Action Aid, Bangladesh), Tania Haque (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh), Aditi Sabur (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh) and Abu Saleh Mohammad Sowad (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Release Date: June, 2016|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 323
ISBN13: 9781522502258|ISBN10: 1522502254|EISBN13: 9781522502265|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0225-8


Today, gender and gender identity is at the forefront of discussion as the plight of women around the world and issues of gender equality and human rights have become an international concern for politicians, government agencies, social activists, and the general public.

Discourse Analysis as a Tool for Understanding Gender Identity, Representation, and Equality provides a thorough analysis of what language use and linguistic expression can teach us about gender identity in addition to current discussions on topics related to women’s rights and gender inequality. Focusing on issues related to women in developing countries, workplace inequalities, and social freedom, this publication is an essential reference source for researchers, graduate-level students, and theorists in the fields of sociology, women’s studies, economics, and government.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication Processes
  • Developing Countries
  • Employment Relations
  • Feminism
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Gendered Migration
  • Indigenous Women

Reviews and Testimonials

International contributors in women’s studies, gender studies, development, sociology, economics, and organizational psychology employ the methods of discourse analysis to understand global manifestations of concepts related to gender and gender identities. Many of the contributors are from the Department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. Several chapters report on research related to the attitudes and experiences of Bangladeshi women and men living in the UK, especially their constructions of masculinity and femininity. Other topics include gender discrimination laws in Iran, gender identity among garment workers, and the production of race, class, and gender hierarchies among Canada’s temporary foreign workers.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Nazmunnessa Mahtab is Professor (Supernumerary) in the Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is one of the founding members involved in the establishment of the Department of Women’s Studies in March 2000. She pursued a Masters’ Degree in Politics, with specialization in Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London, in 1975. She completed her Ph.D. from the University of Delhi, India in 1982. She was a Senior Full Bright Scholar at George Washington University, Washington D.C. in 1989 and worked on Women in Administration. Her areas of specialization include: Women and Poverty, Gender and Development; Violence Against Women; CEDAW and Women’s Rights; Gender and Governance, Women in Public Policy and Leadership, Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women. She has published three books: 1) Women in Bangladesh: From Inequality to Empowerment (2007); 2) Introduction to Women and Gender Studies: Selected Texts on Issues and Concepts, (2011); 3) Women, Gender and Development: Contemporary Issues (2012, 2015). Her recent publications include: 1) “Women’s Transformational Leadership in Bangladesh: Potentials and Challenges,” published in Women, Political Struggles and Gender Equality in South Asia edited by Margaret Alston, Palgrave Macmillan, August 2014; 2) A. co-edited book entitled: “Digital Public Administration and E-Government in Developing Nations,” published by IGI Global Publishers, USA, in August, 2014.
Sara Parker has worked in school of social sciences at Liverpool John Moores University since 1994. Her PHD focused on gender education and empowerment in Nepal and she has co-led a British Council Higher Education link between Liverpool Nepal and Bangladesh. She has published on the gendered impact of conflict on school children in Nepal as well as on participatory development and non-formal education. She is currently launching a Community Interest Company called Fair Connections to help develop awareness and understanding of the positive impacts of fair trade handmade production and help develop friendship links between schools in different countries.
Farah Kabir has been working with Action Aid Bangladesh as the Country Director since June 2007. Over 19 years of vast experience in the field of development and research has made Farah Kabir a renowned human rights figure at home and abroad with an uncompromising voice against human-rights violation. Over the last seven years, as the Country Director of ActionAid Bangladesh, Farah Kabir has been engaged in persistent advocacy with many a corporate company to exhilarate their charity initiative and extend support to the poor and marginalized community people. As a result of her strong advocacy, international bank like HSBC came in aide of orphan street children to help them lead a secure life. Citi Bank, Mutual Trust Bank and renowned telecommunication company Airtel have become part of ActionAid’s charity endeavour due to the contribution of Farah Kabir. Farah Kabir, who commenced her career with the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), also has a vast research experience with a host of publications especially on Women in Politics to her credit. For her significant contribution in women’s rights movement of Bangladesh, Farah Kabir won the prestigious "Nawab Ali Chowdhury National Award 2012”. Ms Kabir worked with British Council for nearly ten years both in Bangladesh and United Kingdom. On behalf of British Council, Farah Kabir was the Consultant of Participative Democracy of British Council Governance Team in the UK with responsibility to develop Governance programmed in Scotland. Prior to that, she was Assistant Director, Governance of British Council Bangladesh. Farah has acquired extensive experience and knowledge on development with specific focus on Governance and Women’s issues, particularly “women in politics”. She is also an advocate of just and equitable climate deal. As an expert on climate change, women rights and governance issue, Farah Kabir delivered speech in a number of international summits. Her key speeches include: sharing experience on climate change adaptation in the UN and at the CSO dialogue in the UN, speech at the South Asian Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Climate Change by Climate Action Network South Asia in February 2013. She also spoke on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate and Sustainable Development Goals. (SDGs) integration at the UNISDR in Geneva in May 2013. She is an active member of many professional societies. To name a few, Ms Kabir was a member of the Governance Board of Napier University, Edinburgh Scotland, a member of Board of Trustees for Zero Tolerance, Scotland, a board member of Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA), advisory panel member of LDC Independent Expert Group on Post 2015 supported by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). She is presently a Board member of Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE), Member of Education Watch and Member of the Funding Committee of Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF). Farah Kabir has been associated with the media since University life as a newscaster on both National Television and Radio.
Tania Haque is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka. She graduated in Public Administration from Dhaka University. She also obtained her first MA degree in Public Administration from the same University. She was nominated by the Department, under a Dutch fellowship to study at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at The Hague from where she received her second Master’s degree. She has completed her MA in Development Studies (specialization in Women, Gender and Development) at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands. Her research work for Masters Programme focused on the redistribution of work in the family. She served as the Chair of the Department of Women and Gender Studies, from April 2012 to April 2015. She is currently engaged on working on her PhD dissertation on Unpaid Care Work; Recognition or Redistribution. She has several publications to her credit. Her areas of interest include Care economy, Violence against women, Feminization of Poverty and Empowerment.
Aditi Sabur is an Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh where she teaches undergraduate courses on Feminist theories, Women Society and Culture, Gender and Family, and Women and Religion. She holds an M.Phil. in Gender and Development from University of Bergen, Norway, and MSS and BSS degree in Women and Gender Studies from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her main area of interest includes gender and construction of identities, masculinities and fatherhood, intersectionality, feminist theories and methodologies, gender, religion and minority issues etc. Currently, she is working on construction of fatherhood in Bangladesh.
Abu Saleh Mohammad Sowad is currently working at University of Dhaka as a lecturer and a freelance consultant in the field of Gender and Development. Formerly, he has worked with NETZ Partnership for Development and Justice as a young researcher, where his primary job responsibility was to conduct a study on the impact of development interventions on women’s position in gender power relations; as a consultant with OXFAM Bangladesh, where he analysed gender consciousness and sustainability of one of their major projects in Bangladesh using qualitative analysis. Before that as a research fellow of ‘USAID small research grants for master’s students and young teachers 2010’, he had analysed the gendered implications of one of the main development projects of USAID/Bangladesh focused on sustainable natural disaster mitigation. He has also gained first-hand field experience regarding international development by joining the USAID outreach program and participating in a students’ exchange program at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand on gender and development.