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Gender and the Language of Illness - Jonathan Charteris-Black

Gender and the Language of Illness

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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.

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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ISBN: 9780230222359
ISBN-10: 0230222358
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 247
Published: 7th July 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1