Gender and sexuality normativities

Using conversation analysis to investigate heteronormativity and cisnormativity in interaction

Authored by: Stina Ericsson

The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender, and Sexuality

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

Print ISBN: 9781138200265
eBook ISBN: 9781315514857
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315514857-23

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Abstract

Taking a critical and queer-theoretical approach (e.g. Milani 2014), this chapter explores the use of conversation analysis (CA) for investigating the (re)production of normative sexualities and genders in everyday spoken interactions. Everyday interactions are interesting in this regard because they concern both individual actions and societal discourses, and everyday norms may be conveyed in such unremarkable ways that they are almost invisible. The theoretical framework used is the genderism model of Hornscheidt (2012, 2015). Basic tools and theoretical assumptions of CA that are of particular relevance to gender and sexuality are introduced, and then applied to a case study of normativities in interaction. Here, sexuality normativities and cisgender normativities are analysed in order to illustrate how CA uses evidence from examples that follow a pattern, evidence from examples that deviate from that same pattern, and finally, how challenges to assumed patterns can be dealt with.

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