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Dyke/Girl: Language and Identities in a Lesbian Group
 
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Dyke/Girl: Language and Identities in a Lesbian Group
 
 
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24 Sep 2012
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Dyke/Girl details an ethnographic study with a British lesbian community of practice. It explores the discursive construction of identities within this group, revealing myriad interactive tactics used by the women to produce mutually-negotiated norms of lesbian authenticity. The book engages in micro-level discourse analysis of contextualised interactions in order to identify how, despite differing in their individual style, practice and experience, the women work together to construct a range of 'authentic' personae. The most prevalent of these is that of the dyke persona, an identity which the women rework and reproduce as the most authentic 'type' of lesbian, and the 'girl' persona, constructed as an inferior, inauthentic lesbian identity. The book provides a critical review of current work within queer linguistics and, in doing so, advocates and develops the sociocultural linguistic framework for research in this field.


Description

Dyke/Girl details an ethnographic study with a British lesbian community of practice. It explores the discursive construction of identities within this group, revealing myriad interactive tactics used by the women to produce mutually-negotiated norms of lesbian authenticity. The book engages in micro-level discourse analysis of contextualised interactions in order to identify how, despite differing in their individual style, practice and experience, the women work together to construct a range of 'authentic' personae. The most prevalent of these is that of the dyke persona, an identity which the women rework and reproduce as the most authentic 'type' of lesbian, and the 'girl' persona, constructed as an inferior, inauthentic lesbian identity. The book provides a critical review of current work within queer linguistics and, in doing so, advocates and develops the sociocultural linguistic framework for research in this field.


Contents

Transcription Conventions
List of Transcriptions
Introduction
Sociocultural Approaches to Linguistics
Approaches to Language and Sexuality
Doing Ethnography with the Stompers
Dyke and Girl
Negotiating Authentic Style and Practice
Indexing Authenticity via Cultural Knowledge
Political Difference and Maintenance of Shared Identity
Understanding Communities of Practice
Sociocultural Linguistics and Sexuality
Notes
References


Authors

LUCY JONES is Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Hull, UK, and was previously Lecturer in English Language at Edge Hill University, UK. Her research interests include Sociocultural Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Ethnography, Language and Gender, and Language and Sexual Identity.