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Applying findings and creating impact from conversation-analytic studies of gender and communication

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posted on 13.08.2014, 09:58 authored by Elizabeth StokoeElizabeth Stokoe
Studies of workplaces frequently focus on gender, investigating and challenging inequality. In that many studies start with ‘gender’ as a taken-for-granted category, measuring gender differences in organizational life, or interviewing participants to elicit accounts of their employment experiences, they exaggerate and even create stereotypical ‘common knowledge’ about gender. In contrast, this paper illustrates a conversation analytic approach which can show if, when, and how, gender becomes consequentially relevant within any given communicative encounter. Drawing on a large corpus of institutional interaction, the paper demonstrates two things: that (1) robust claims about the gendering of social life can be made once those claims are grounded in what people actually do; and (2) systematic patterns in people’s endogenous orientations to gender can be found in communication. Finally, the paper showcases a real-world application of conversation analytic work, demonstrating the impact and relevance of such research programmes for understanding everyday gendered social life.

Funding

Some of the data reported in this article were collected as part of ESRC grant number RES-148- 25-0010 ‘Identities in neighbour discourse: Community, conflict and exclusion’ held by Elizabeth Stokoe and Derek Edwards. The research was also supported by grant RES-189-25-0202 ‘Mediating and policing community disputes: Developing new methods for role-play communication skills training’, held by Elizabeth Stokoe.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

ECONOMIC AND INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY

Volume

34

Issue

3

Pages

537 - 552 (16)

Citation

STOKOE, E., 2013. Applying findings and creating impact from conversation-analytic studies of gender and communication. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 34 (3), pp. 537-552.

Publisher

© SAGE

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2013

ISSN

0143-831X

eISSN

1461-7099

Language

en