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She were a cracker: Talking gender and sexuality at work Dr. Louise Mullany University of Nottingham, UK Gender and Language BAAL SIG: Gender and Corpus Linguistics Lancaster University 30th March 2010
doing gender (Butler 1999; 2004) Gender identities as contested, pluralised and fluid Introduction Gender, sexual, personal and professional identities Hegemonic Discourses: broader social structuration (Sunderland 2004; Baker 2008)
Mixed methodologies (Holmes & Meyerhoff 2003; Swann & Maybin 2008; Mullany 2008) Away from armed camps (Silverman 2000: 10) Quantitative, survey approaches: corpus linguistic tools and techniques Qualitative approaches Methodology
Approaches Indexicality of gender identity (Ochs 1992) Direct indexicality: girl/boy: talk-in-interaction/CA (Stokoe and Smithson 2001) Indirect indexicality: expectations, norms: indexing social meanings: how gender is relevant (McElhinny 2003) Feminine and masculine CofPs (Holmes and Stubbe 2003)
CANBEC 24 companies in total: 2000-2004 Internal v External (Handford 2007) Manufacturing, IT, telecommunications, pub chain, travel agents, accountants, museum, magazine, hotel, management consultancy, finance/banking Recordings: UK, also Ireland, Spain, Germany, Japan Range of private companies and speakers Meetings: 912,734 words Handford and McCarthy (2004)
Company type: Words in 1000s (Handford 2007: 76)
Gender and CANBEC Corpus tagging Gender make up: 79% men 21% women Gender, professional role, status
Discussion Co-construction of multiple identities Stereotypically masculine CofP: Last night narrative: hegemonic masculinist heroes (M3, M5) and anti-hero (M6) Expletives Humour: Sexist humour, banter, insults Transactional & affective talk: inextricably interlinked Pluralised masculinities Dominant hegemonic discourse of heterosexual masculinity (Coates 2003; Sauntson 2008; Baker 2008)
Conclusions Direct indexing of gender terms: mixed methods through corpus linguistics as initial survey approach Dominant hegemonic discourse of heterosexual masculinity in this masculine manufacturing CofP Integral and multifunctional role of humour, narrative, small/social talk Strategic positioning of narrative: Openings, negotiation, conflict/tension releaser, closings, solidarity-building, social distancing
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