The accomplishment of gender in interaction

Ethnomethodological and conversation analytic approaches to gender

Authored by: Lorenza Mondada

The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender, and Sexuality

Print publication date:  April  2021
Online publication date:  April  2021

Print ISBN: 9781138200265
eBook ISBN: 9781315514857
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This chapter reviews ethnomethodological (EM) and conversation analytic (CA) perspectives on gender. It shows how EMCA – although not devoted primarily to gender – can offer original perspectives on gender in social interaction. This is developed by showing how the principles of EMCA allow scholars to demonstrate the relevance of gender. A triple focus is on gender as a practical situated accomplishment from the perspective of Garfinkel; as a membership categorisation device from the perspective initiated by Sacks; and as having a sequential consequentiality on the organisation of talk and action from the perspective initiated by Schegloff.

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