I'd Rather Be Dead Than Be a Girl: Implications of Whitehead, Whorf, and Piaget for Inclusive Language in Religious Education

I'd Rather Be Dead Than Be a Girl: Implications of Whitehead, Whorf, and Piaget for Inclusive Language in Religious Education

By: John Marcus Sweeney (author)Paperback

1 - 2 weeks availability

£22.95 & FREE Saver Delivery on orders over £25


In I'd Rather Be Dead Than Be a Girl, the author explains a threefold thesis of a study that language influences how human beings perceive reality, that the development of theoretical constructs can help explain resistances to and possibilities for inclusive language, and that the implementation of inclusive language is an important goal for religious education. The study begins with a description of the problem to be considered, that is, the role of sexist language in perpetuating sexual discrimination. Beginning in the third chapter, insights from Alfred North Whitehead's philosophy of organism, Benjamin Lee Whorf's principle of linguistic relativity, and Jean Piaget's genetic epistemology are used to investigate the stubbornness of sexist linguistic habits and the bases for developing inclusive linguistic habits. Finally, inclusive language is shown to be important for religious education, and some strategies for implementing inclusive language are presented.

Create a review

About Author

John Marcus Sweeney, Ph.D., is managing director of the Center for Process Studies in Claremont, California. Dr. Sweeney also serves as adjunct faculty for the Claremont School of Theology, introducing students to process thought.


Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1. Patriarchy and Sexist Language Chapter 3 2. Thesis, Notions, and Perspectives Chapter 4 3. Whitehead's Philosophy of Organism and Language Chapter 5 4. Whorf's Principle of Linguistic Relativity Chapter 6 5. Piaget's Genetic Epistemology and Language Chapter 7 6. A Summary of Insights from Whitehead, Whorf, and Piaget Chapter 8 7. The Importance of Inclusive Language for Religious Education Chapter 9 8. Implementing Inclusive Language Chapter 10 Bibliography Chapter 11 About the Author

Product Details

  • publication date: 02/11/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780761848738
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 116
  • ID: 9780761848738
  • weight: 195
  • ISBN10: 0761848738

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly