By Deborah Cameron, Sylvia Shaw
Gender, strength and Political Speech explores the effect of gender on political speech by way of reading the performances of 3 woman social gathering leaders who took half in televised debates in the course of the 2015 united kingdom basic Election crusade. The research considers similarities and modifications among the ladies and their male colleagues, in addition to among the ladies themselves; it additionally discusses the way in which gender - and its courting to language - used to be taken up as a topic in media insurance of the crusade.
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In research on the related genre of Parliamentary debates in the UK House of Commons, Shaw (2000; forthcoming) found that women MPs in two data samples, one from 1998 to 2001 and one from 2009 to 2011, very rarely made illegal challenges such as interrupting a speaker from a sitting position. Basing her argument on an ethnographic description of the Westminster Parliament’s established norms and practices, Shaw suggests that the women MPs’ status as outsiders (they are a minority in an institution which excluded them for centuries) positions them as ‘interlopers’ (Eckert 1998), and that this leads them to pay meticulous attention to the rules, as a way of proving their ‘worthiness’ to belong.
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