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|Title: ||Talking gender and sexuality : conversations about leisure|
|Authors: ||Speer, Susan A.|
|Issue Date: ||1999|
|Publisher: ||© Susan A. Speer|
|Abstract: ||This thesis is a discursive and conversation analytic study of how people talk about
gender in the context of discussions about leisure. The data comprise a corpus of over
600 pages of transcribed talk-in-interaction from a variety of sources, including dinner
discussions, focus groups, informal interviews, newspaper and magazine articles,
television talk shows and documentaries. In contrast to most feminist leisure research, I
take participants' talk as my starting point. I explore how gender is made relevant by
participants and constituted in the course of their discussions, and what these
constructions are used to do interactionally.
The thesis works on two levels. First, it provides a distinctive contribution to leisure
research, sport sociology and psychology. It explores what leisure theorists have
themselves constructed as 'the problem' in leisure theory, and demonstrates how a
discursive, conversation analytic approach can help transcend some of these theoretical
and methodological 'problems' - including the way that the concept of leisure itself
might be conceived and studied. It identifies three structuring concerns in feminist
leisure theory, and provides a discursive and conversation analytic reworking of each
(i) Justifications for the Non-Participation of Women in 'Male-Identified'
(ii) Hegemonic Masculinity; and
Second, it provides a distinctive contribution to discursive and conversation analytic approaches to gender, by problematizing and developing our understanding of the way
femininity, sexism, masculinity and heterosexism 'get done' in talk.
It concludes with a discussion of the implications of this approach for feminist leisure
theory, discursive psychology and conversation analysis, and challenges researchers
with an interest in 'ideology' and 'power' to take this approach seriously. It finishes
with some questions for future analysis.|
|Description: ||A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)|
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