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Article: Challenging hegemonic femininities? The discourse of trailing spouses in Hong Kong

TitleChallenging hegemonic femininities? The discourse of trailing spouses in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=LSY
Citation
Language in Society, 2016, v. 45 n. 4, p. 533-555 How to Cite?
AbstractWhile the notion of hegemonic masculinity has received a lot of attention in recent scholarship, hegemonic femininity remains largely underdeveloped. We aim to address this gap by illustrating the benefits of using the concept of hegemonic femininities in sociolinguistic scholarship. Conducting a case study on the discourse of trailing spouses in Hong Kong, we analyse hegemonic femininities at the local, regional, and global level and explore how they are interlinked with each other. Findings show how these trailing spouses often challenge and reject hegemonic femininities on the local level, but largely accept and reinforce them on the regional and global level. The specific femininities that are considered to be hegemonic are highly context-dependent, and, unlike masculinities, the hegemony of femininities is a matter of internal degree—that is, certain femininities take hegemonic status compared to other femininities but do not take a dominant position in the gender order. (Hegemonic femininities, hegemonic masculinities, trailing spouses, Hong Kong, gender order)
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/231578
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.525
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.034

 

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dc.contributor.authorSchnurr, S-
dc.contributor.authorZayts, OA-
dc.contributor.authorHopkins, C-
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-20T05:24:07Z-
dc.date.available2016-09-20T05:24:07Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationLanguage in Society, 2016, v. 45 n. 4, p. 533-555-
dc.identifier.issn0047-4045-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/231578-
dc.description.abstractWhile the notion of hegemonic masculinity has received a lot of attention in recent scholarship, hegemonic femininity remains largely underdeveloped. We aim to address this gap by illustrating the benefits of using the concept of hegemonic femininities in sociolinguistic scholarship. Conducting a case study on the discourse of trailing spouses in Hong Kong, we analyse hegemonic femininities at the local, regional, and global level and explore how they are interlinked with each other. Findings show how these trailing spouses often challenge and reject hegemonic femininities on the local level, but largely accept and reinforce them on the regional and global level. The specific femininities that are considered to be hegemonic are highly context-dependent, and, unlike masculinities, the hegemony of femininities is a matter of internal degree—that is, certain femininities take hegemonic status compared to other femininities but do not take a dominant position in the gender order. (Hegemonic femininities, hegemonic masculinities, trailing spouses, Hong Kong, gender order)-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=LSY-
dc.relation.ispartofLanguage in Society-
dc.rightsLanguage in Society. Copyright © Cambridge University Press.-
dc.titleChallenging hegemonic femininities? The discourse of trailing spouses in Hong Kong-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailZayts, OA: zayts@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityZayts, OA=rp01211-
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0047404516000415-
dc.identifier.hkuros267063-
dc.identifier.volume45-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage533-
dc.identifier.epage555-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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