Language, Society and Power: An Introduction Paperback – 20 Nov 2003
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"Beginning students on both sides of the Atlantic will find the book friendly and informative on many aspects of media studies, sociolinguistics and communication arts, psychology and popular culture."-Leonard R.N. Ashley, "Geolingustics, 2004
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You could get almost as much by just taking the title headings ('Language & Gender,' 'Language & Ethnicity' etc) and adding the qualification "the words we use to describe things affect our perception of those things." The book does have some information on studies which show this, which is useful.
Worth buying if you want a very simple overview, but there are better books on sociolinguistics out there if you're really interested in the subject.
It gets 3 stars because it isn't misleading or badly written or anything definitively negative like that - it just doesn't have enough non-common-sense content for my tastes.
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Contemporary classic theories of language are included (ie Saussure's theories, Sapir-Whorf, etc) which sets the reader off into a fascinating discovery of how language promotes or inhibits one's power in modern society.
In such contemporary issues as political correctness and the Standard American English debate, a slightly more leftist view is employed in the writing of the book than I would've preferred, but nonetheless, there is a suffice and clear explanation of the information throughout.
A quality book. Check it out!