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What men say, how women say : an exploration of the interactional mechanisms at play in management meetings

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dc.contributor.advisor Love, A. M. en
dc.contributor.advisor Hubbard, E. H. (Ernest Hilton), 1947- en Chipunza, Linda Lorraine Cecilia en 2009-08-25T10:58:47Z 2009-08-25T10:58:47Z 2009-08-25T10:58:47Z 2007-11-30 en
dc.identifier.citation Chipunza, Linda Lorraine Cecilia (2009) What men say, how women say : an exploration of the interactional mechanisms at play in management meetings, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines how men and women as co-interactants in management meetings use various interactional mechanisms to play out their roles and identities, as they position their ideas in a particular way for intended meaning and effect. The study aims to demonstrate how a particular approach to the examination of naturalistic data, gathered through the use of a case study design, based on recordings and supported by a number of ethnographic strategies can, when examined and informed by conversation analysis, pragmatics and more indirectly critical discourse analysis, generate further insights into the semantic and pragmatic meanings of utterances. The study focuses on four companies in postcolonial Zimbabwe, where the entry of women into senior management positions has changed the complexion of most organisations, but men continue to be the fundamental power brokers in the corporate workplace, which remains a site of social struggle where language, power and gender are important variables. This study finds that while perceptions of power may not vary significantly between men and women, how they use language to play out this power in meetings is of significance. The study suggests that gender-linked communication styles are reflected in management of talk in areas of influence, such as the corporate boardroom. It also shows that men and women, irrespective of their levels of position power or perceived power, present themselves in meetings in different ways, possibly due to gender-role socialisation processes. Apart from generating some new insights regarding theory and research methodology, and describing and interpreting male-female interaction in an under-researched domain (management meetings in a Zimbabwean corporate setting at a time of major socio-economic transformation), it is hoped that this study will also be of value at an applicational level: serving for instance to support applied linguistic goals such as the development of Language for Specific Purposes courses; and conscientising corporate citizens, in particular, to be more accommodating about, and appreciative of differences in communication styles that may be gender-based. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vii, 333 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Language and power en
dc.subject Gender-role socialisation en
dc.subject Management meetings en
dc.subject Workplace discourse en
dc.subject Language and gender en
dc.subject Conversation analysis en
dc.subject Critical discourse analysis en
dc.subject Interactional sociolinguistics en
dc.subject.ddc 306.44
dc.subject.lcsh Discourse analysis
dc.subject.lcsh Conversation analysis
dc.subject.lcsh Communication in management -- Sex differences -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Sociolinguistics -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Language and culture -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Language in the workplace -- Sex differences -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Language and sex -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Gender identity in the workplace -- Zimbabwe
dc.title What men say, how women say : an exploration of the interactional mechanisms at play in management meetings en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Linguistics and Modern Languages en D.Litt. et Phil. (Linguistics) en

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