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The Relevance Of Interactional And Institutional Contexts For The Study Of Gender Differences: A Demonstrative Case Study

Angela Garcia
Symbolic Interaction
Vol. 21, No. 1 (1998), pp. 35-58
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
DOI: 10.1525/si.1998.21.1.35
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/si.1998.21.1.35
Page Count: 24
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Abstract

Previous studies of gender differences in language and interaction have made inadequate use of the context of the language behavior being studied. In this paper, I use a single-case method to demonstrate how a conversation analytic approach to the interactional and institutional context of a mediation hearing can be informative in the search for gender differences. In the mediation hearing studied, an apparent gender difference in the mediator's address of disputants is first identified and then shown to disappear when the interactional and institutional context of the utterances are taken into account.

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