Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
How Gender Shapes the World - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

How Gender Shapes the World

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald


The multifaceted notion of gender pervades every aspect of life and of living. Gender differences form the basis for family life, patterns of socialization, distribution of tasks, spheres of responsibility, and occupational predilections. An understanding of the nature of gender is central to many disciplines—social sciences such as anthropology, sociology, women’s studies, criminology, linguistics, and biology, to name a few. The way gender is articulated shapes the world of individuals, and of the societies they live in. Gender has three faces. Linguistic Gender (the original sense of ‘gende ... More

Keywords: Linguistic Gender, Social Gender, Natural Gender, sex, genderlect, humanness, noun classification, gender metaphors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723752
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, author
Distinguished Professor and Director of the Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University