Men Talk: Stories in the Making of Masculinities

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Men Talk draws on rich conversational material from a wide range of contexts to answer these questions and illuminate our understanding of men and masculinities at the turn of the millennium. Coates examines spontaneous conversations involving all-male groups, ranging from garage mechanics on a break and carpenters at the pub after work, to university academics chatting at work after hours, as well as a variety of mixed groups. The focus of the book is the stories that occur ...
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Men Talk draws on rich conversational material from a wide range of contexts to answer these questions and illuminate our understanding of men and masculinities at the turn of the millennium. Coates examines spontaneous conversations involving all-male groups, ranging from garage mechanics on a break and carpenters at the pub after work, to university academics chatting at work after hours, as well as a variety of mixed groups. The focus of the book is the stories that occur within these conversations.
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‘Though many blandly assert that gender is socially constructed, few really understand how. In this insightful work, Jennifer Coates takes us inside, deep inside, the construction of masculinities and enables us to watch them in the process of their construction, as men use language to create gendered meanings and hierarchies, and are, in turn, made by those very meanings.’ Michael Kimmel, SUNY at Stony Brook and author of The Gendered Society

‘Men Talk is the first in-depth study of all-male conversations. Coates’s book takes a fresh look at the way in which men's use of language helps to maintain, and sometimes challenge, traditional gender boundaries.’ Sally Johnson, Lancaster University

"Very readable, grounded in data, with the chapters very logically and clearly linked, providing a degree of overall coherence that is often missing in books of this kind...[the book contains a] wealth of detail and careful empirical analysis." Discourse and Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631220459
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240

Meet the Author

Jennifer Coates is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Surrey Roehampton. She is author of Women Talk (Blackwell, 1996) and editor of Language and Gender: A Reader (Blackwell, 1997).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Transcription Conventions
1 'We Was Playing Naked Football the Other Night': Introduction 1
2 'Good Story!': The Formal Characteristics of Male Narrative 15
3 'So I Thought "Bollocks to It"': Men, Stories and Masculinities 40
4 'Bad as My Mate': Stories in Sequence 82
5 'She'd Made Sardines in Aspic': Women's Stories, Men's Stories and the Construction of Gender 107
6 'I'm Quite Good at Mexican Food': Men's Narratives in Mixed Conversation 142
7 'Still in Shock Weren't You Darling': Masculinity and the Heterosexual Couple 175
8 'There Are Problems': Men's Talk and Contemporary Masculinities 192
Bibliography 203
Index 212
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