Here & Queer: Culture and Language in Gay Human Rights Struggles

By Bettina Heinz.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper analyzes the role language and culture play in conceptualization of gay/lesbian identities and assesses the impact of language and culture on equal rights struggles.

Keywords: Culture, Language, Gay/Lesbian, Identity, Intercultural Communication, Global Culture

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 9, pp.207-214. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.765MB).

Dr Bettina Heinz

Bettina Heinz, a native of Trier, Germany, is the director of the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in 1998 with a dissertation focusing on backchanneling practices in bilingual speakers. She has published articles in journals such as the International and Intercultural Communication Annual, Communication Teacher, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Pragmatics, Communication Education, International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies, Multilingua, and The Journal of International Communication. She has presented more than 40 papers at regional, national, and international conferences. She employs critical and interpretive methods in her research with a focus on discourse analysis. All of her work focuses on language processes and the role of culture in communication, most frequently applied to gay and lesbian communities. Her secondary area of expertise lies in intercultural and international communication pedagogy.

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