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Seeing from the South: Discourse, gender and sexuality from southern perspectives

Journal article
Authors Tommaso M. Milani
Michelle M. Lazar
Published in Journal of Sociolinguistics
Volume 21
Issue 3
Pages 307-319
ISSN 1360-6441
Publication year 2017
Published at
Pages 307-319
Language en
Subject categories Gender Studies, General Language Studies and Linguistics, Languages and Literature


This article frames the Special Issue on ‘Discourse, Gender and Sexuality from the Global South’. It does so by providing an overview of the notion of the South in the social sciences and the humanities. We engage, in particular, with current theoretical discussions around a set of concepts and approaches that have been labelled ‘southern theories’, ‘theories from the south’, or ‘southern epistemologies’. Against this backdrop, we explain why southern perspectives are needed in the study of discourse, gender and sexuality, and sociolinguistics more broadly. We then offer a reflection on our (and our contributors’) ‘loci of enunciation’ (Bhabha 1994), before concluding with a summary of the articles in this Special Issue and their relations to the points raised in this introduction.

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