Gender in Interaction

Gender in Interaction : Perspectives on femininity and masculinity in ethnography and discourse

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In this volume, gender is seen as a communicative achievement and as a social category interacting with other social parametres such as age, status, prestige, institutional and ethnic frameworks, cultural and situative contexts. The authors come from a variety of backgrounds such as sociology of communication, anthropological linguistics, sociolinguistics, social psychology, and text linguistics. Masculinity and femininity are conceived of as varying culturally, historically and contextually. All contributions discuss empirical research of communication and the question of whether (and how) gender is a salient variable in discourse. So, one aim of the book is to trace the varying relevance of gender in interaction. Emotion politics, ideology, body concepts, and speech styles are related to ethnographic description of the contexts within which communication takes
place. These contexts range from private to public communication, and from mixed-sex to same-sex conversations framed by different cultural backgrounds (Australian, German, Georgian, Turkish, US-American).
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Product details

  • Hardback | 357 pages
  • 154.9 x 221 x 25.4mm | 635.04g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588111105
  • 9781588111104

Table of contents

1. Preface (by Kotthoff, Helga); 2. Part I: Introduction; 3. Gender and interaction: Widening the conceptual scope (by Thorne, Barrie); 4. Part II: Perspectives on gender in childhood and adolescence; 5. Girls' oppositional stances: The interactional accomplishment of gender in nursery school and family life (by Cook-Gumperz, Jenny); 6. Constituting the emotions: A longitudinal study of emotion talk in a preschool friendship group of boys (by Kyratzis, Amy); 7. Notably gendered relations: Relationship work in early adolescents' notes (by Cahill, Spencer E.); 8. Far from sugar and spice: Teenage girls, embodiment and representation (by Bloustien, Gerry); 9. Part III: Perspectives on masculinity; 10. Masculinities and men's health (by Connell, R. W.); 11. Gender and habitus: Fundamental securities and crisis tendencies among men (by Meuser, Michael); 12. "Male honor": Towards an understanding of the construction of gender relations among youths of Turkish origin (by Bohnsack, Ralf); 13. Part IV: Perspectives on femininity; 14. Arguing among scholars: Female scientists and their shaping of expertise (by Baron, Bettina); 15. Academic women in the male university field: Communicative practices at postgraduate seminars (by Gunnarsson, Britt-Louise); 16. Gender, emotion, and poeticity in Georgian mourning rituals (by Kotthoff, Helga); 17. Theorizing gender: Feminist awareness and language change (by Giora, Rachel); 18. Subject index
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