Conversation and Gender by Edited by Susan A. Speer and Elizabeth Stokoe

By Edited by Susan A. Speer and Elizabeth Stokoe

Dialog analysts have began to problem long-cherished assumptions in regards to the courting among gender and language, asking new questions about the interactional research of gender and delivering clean insights into the methods it can be studied empirically. Drawing on a full of life set of audio- and video-recorded fabrics of real-life interactions, together with family phone calls, kid's play, mediation periods, police-suspect interviews, psychiatric tests and calls to cellphone helplines, this quantity is the 1st to exhibit the newest pondering and state-of-the-art examine of a global team of students engaged on subject matters on the intersection of gender and dialog research. Theoretically, it pushes ahead the bounds of our figuring out of the connection among dialog and gender, charting new and fascinating territory. Methodologically, it deals readers a transparent, functional realizing of the way to examine gender utilizing dialog research, via proposing specific demonstrations of this technique in use.

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Wowk challenges Kitzinger’s (2000a; 2002; 2005a) argument that ‘feminist CA’ solves the ‘micro–macro debate’ by examining concepts such as oppression and power (‘macro’) in the details of talk (‘micro’), because to not examine such concepts makes CA ‘unbearably limiting’ (Kitzinger, 2002: 57). As Wowk points out, any analysis that starts with (analysts’) concepts such as these, claiming to track their empirical realization, raises the same problem that using anything other than members’ categories in analysis does.

Feminist conversation analysis resonates with ethnomethodological feminisms (Kitzinger, 2000a: 166), in which men/boys and women/girls are not regarded as always-and-forever talking as gendered beings, but rather may produce themselves or be produced as gendered in the taken-for-granted, routinized details of interaction (see Garfinkel, I am very grateful to the editors, Susan A. Speer and Elizabeth Stokoe, and to Celia Kitzinger for their insightful comments on earlier drafts of this chapter. I should also like to thank participants in a data session hosted by the Feminist Conversation Analysis Unit, University of York, 1 November 2007, at which I presented the data extracts included here.

That is, they show that, in referring to themselves, speakers have a choice between two equally viable (or equally unremarkable) forms of self-reference: ‘I’ and ‘we’. However, speakers are sensitive to the consequences of selecting one over the other, as demonstrated in the instances examined by Lerner and Kitzinger where speakers halt the progressivity of talk in order to deal with (or more formally, repair) some ostensible trouble in relation to self-reference. , collective self-reference), then its local relevance may be partially unmasked’ (Lerner & Kitzinger, 2007b: 531).

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