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"Women Speaking Up": Gender & Discourse

PI: Cecilia Ford

Study Description

Dr. Ford's research documents how women get their voices heard in meetings. Using videotapes and detailed transcriptions of naturally-occurring conversations in a variety of meetings, Dr. Ford found that the women in her data regularly use questions to open participation and to project trajectories of further talk in which the questioners emerge as major contributors. This finding contrasts with some previous studies that pointed to women's use of questioning as a powerless or weak strategy; Ford proposes that some forms of questioning give power to the questioner rather than the addressee. The book also offers a chapter presenting a fine-grained analysis of two women who succeed in presenting disaffiliative or disagreeing turns directed toward persons of higher institutional rank (persons who happen to be men).

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