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Becoming a 'bloke': The construction of gender in interaction

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JournalFeminism and Psychology
DatePublished - May 2007
Issue number2
Volume17
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)214-223
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article uses conversation analysis (CA) on a single case study (a call to a helpline for women with symphysis pubis dysfunction) to explore how, and why, a speaker produces a non-present third person she has earlier referred to using a non-gendered term (your partner') as a member of a gendered category ('a bloke') - and why she later seeks to undo this categorization. This contributes to (feminist) CA an understanding of how gender is constructed in talk- in-interaction and, more generally, to understandings of membership categorization and person reference.

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  • conversation analysis, feminism, gender, membership categorization, person reference, symphysis pubis dysfunction, TALK-IN-INTERACTION, CONVERSATION ANALYSIS, SPEAKING

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