Gender and the language of illness /
Jonathan Charteris-Black, Clive Seale.
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
xiv, 247 p.
0230222358 (hbk.), 9780230222359 (hbk.)
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
0230222358 (hbk.)
9780230222359 (hbk.)
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Gender and the language of illness -- Methods for investigating gender and language -- Men's traditional discourse of illness: distancing and avoidance -- A feminine discourse of illness: transformation and modality -- Emotional disclosure: socio-economic classification, age and gender -- Experience of support: gender, social class and age -- Illness type and gender -- Conclusion.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jonathan Charteris-Black is Professor of Linguistics at the University of the West of England, UK, and formerly senior lecturer at the University of Surrey. He is author of Corpus Approaches to Critical Metaphor Analysis (2004), Politicians and Rhetoric: The Persuasive Power of Metaphor (2005) and The Communication of Leadership: The Design of Leadership Style (2006) as well as many other journal articles and book chapters. Clive Seale is Professor of Medical Sociology at Queen Mary University of London, UK, where he works in the medical school. Previously he has been Professor of Sociology at Brunel University and at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is author of The Quality of Qualitative Research (1999), Constructing Death: The Sociology of Dying and Bereavement (1998) and Media and Health (2003) as well as numerous other books, chapters and articles.
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An investigation of the language of people talking about illness, showing the influence of gender, social class and age and revealing conformity and resistance to gender stereotypes
Long Description
Gender and the Language of Illness is based on the findings of a large number of interviews with people talking about their experiences of many different types of illness. Their use of language shows the influences of gender, social class and age and reveals conformity and resistance to gender stereotypes. Women express negative feelings towards illness more confidently than men who are usually more hesitant about expressing a personal response. Women tend to see illness as an opportunity for self-transformation, while men often distance themselves from the experience by pretending it is happening to someone else. Women from a high social class are more critical of the health system and older women see themselves as authorities on illness and suffering. However, there is also resistance to stereotypes by higher class and younger men who redefine their gender identity by using 'feminine' language and by treating illness as an opportunity to develop a new dynamic sense of self.
Main Description
In this innovative book, well-known scholars Jonathan Charteris-Black and Clive Seale take a novel approach to the study of gendered discourses. Drawing upon findings of an ESRC research project in which the authors carried out extensive analysis of interviews with people who had experienced illness, they offer original and significant evaluation of the differences in the way that men and women talk about illness. The book looks at evidence from the discourse of both sexes, from different generations and social classes as well as from a variety of types of illnesses. With input from both a linguistic and sociological perspective this book also has a strong interdisciplinary appeal. The authors develop a new methodological approach, and its findings will be important to medical sociologists interested in the patient experience as well as to linguists interested in applying language analysis to the social world. Book jacket.
Main Description
This book presents an investigation of the influence of gender, social class, age and illness type in the language of people talking about their experiences of illness. It shows evidence of both conformity with and resistance to gender stereotypes.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Gender and the Language of Illnessp. 1
Introduction - sex, gender and identityp. 1
Difference: Sex, sex roles and comparisonp. 4
Introductionp. 4
Sexp. 5
Sex rolesp. 6
Comparison of sex and sex rolesp. 8
Gender as performancep. 11
Introductionp. 11
Communities of practicep. 12
Discoursep. 14
Illness, language and social variablesp. 17
Illness and languagep. 17
Illness and genderp. 19
Language and agep. 21
Language and social classp. 22
Summaryp. 24
Methods for Investigating Gender and Languagep. 25
Introductionp. 25
Variationist sociolinguisticsp. 25
Corpus-based researchp. 28
Concepts related to corpus researchp. 32
Keywordsp. 32
Key conceptsp. 34
Keywords and key concepts comparedp. 36
Deriving discourses from keywords and key conceptsp. 41
Corpus and sub-corporap. 45
The full matched samplep. 47
The social class (SEC) matched samplep. 48
The age matched samplep. 49
The specific illness samplep. 49
Summaryp. 51
Men's Traditional Discourse of Illness: Distancing and Avoidancep. 52
Introduction: Men and discourses of illnessp. 52
Linguistic strategy: Reificationp. 56
Linguistic strategy: Deictic distancingp. 62
Linguistic strategy: Distancing through abstractionsp. 69
Introductionp. 69
'Solution/s'p. 73
'System/s'p. 73
'Pattern/s' and 'technique/s'p. 76
Discursive style: Avoidance through sports talkp. 76
Discursive style: Swearingp. 82
Summaryp. 85
A Feminine Discourse of Illness: Transformation and Modalityp. 87
Introductionp. 87
Feminine discourse of illnessp. 90
Overviewp. 90
Verb analysisp. 91
Feminine discursive style: Low modalityp. 95
Analysis of mental process verb (cognitive): 'Think/Thought'p. 95
Analysis of mental process verb (cognitive): 'Mean'p. 98
Elaborationp. 99
Explanationp. 100
Contrastive functionp. 101
Analysis of mental process verb (cognitive): 'Imagine'p. 104
Analysis of mental process verb (cognitive): 'Know'p. 106
Feminine discursive style: High modalityp. 109
Analysis of mental process verb (cognitive): 'Knew'p. 109
Analysis of mental process verb (affective): 'Need'p. 111
Analysis of mental process verb (affective): 'Want'p. 116
Summaryp. 117
Emotional Disclosure: Socio-economic Classification, Age and Genderp. 119
Introduction: Gender and emotionp. 119
Socio-economic classification (SEC)p. 124
Overview - Emotional disclosurep. 124
Low SEC womenp. 129
High SEC menp. 134
High SEC womenp. 141
Low SEC menp. 145
Age and emotionp. 147
Overviewp. 147
Younger menp. 151
Younger womenp. 155
Older menp. 157
Older womenp. 159
Summaryp. 161
Experience of Support: Gender, Class and Agep. 162
Research on supportp. 162
The experience of supportp. 166
Overviewp. 166
Gender specific use of support-related lexisp. 169
Socio-economic classification (SEC)p. 171
Agep. 172
Sources of supportp. 175
Men's sources of support: 'People: Male' and 'Belonging to a group'p. 175
Women's sources of support: 'Kin' and 'family'p. 180
Analysis of familyp. 180
Analysis of non-familyp. 184
Modes of communicationp. 185
Use of 'talk'p. 187
Use of 'phone'p. 189
Use of reported speechp. 190
Use of 'write'p. 192
Summaryp. 195
Illness Type and Genderp. 196
Introductionp. 196
The language of illness experiencep. 196
Heart diseasep. 201
Key concepts: Measurement and timep. 201
Lifestyle change and self-transformationp. 208
Interaction between heart disease and genderp. 215
Overviewp. 215
Key concept analysis of gender and heart diseasep. 216
Summaryp. 225
Conclusionp. 226
Men's Key Concepts (Full Matched Sample)p. 230
Women's Key Concepts (Full Matched Sample)p. 232
Significance Levels for Log-Likelihood Testp. 234
Demographic Sample of the British National Corpusp. 235
Referencesp. 237
Indexp. 24
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