gender roles and communication


Gender is a social status. Conversation is a ritual, meaning it has a symbolic meaning.  A role is society’s expectations for how we should behave. Read Deborah Tannen’s study on gender roles and communication (pdf).In this discussion assignment answer all of the following:

  • What two different gender roles that men and women assume?
  • How are gender roles played out in conversation rituals between men and women in the article? (Who, for instance talks more than the other or is this situational?)
  • What other differences have you noticed between the way men and women communicate?
  • What other ways do social statuses affect how we behave?


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