Gender Theorists - Dominance

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Zimmerman and West

  • 1975
  • Recorded interruptions in conversation between men and women
  • Found 96% of interruptions were by men
  • Suggests men are more dominant in male-female conversations
  • Reflects male dominance in society
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Dale Spender

  • 1980
  • Identified power within a male patriarchal order in society ( society is lead by men )
  • States that language embodies structure that sustain male power
  • Mr and Mrs, Boys and Girls
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Beattie

  • Repeated Zimmerman and West's experiement and found that men and women interrupt almost as equally
  • "The problem is that this man could be an anomolie, as he could be very dominant"
  • "Or do interruptions reflect interest and not dominance"
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Influences

What influnences dominance?

  • topic
  • environment / setting
  • relationship
  • ratio of men to women
  • age
  • status
  • demand characteristics
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