Cross-gender teasing as a socializing practice
2002 (English)In: Discourse processes, ISSN 0163-853X, E-ISSN 1532-6950, Vol. 34, no 3, 311-338 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In many studies of teasing between boys and girls, researchers have concluded that teasing affirms boundaries and asymmetries between the sexes through so-called borderwork (Thorne, 1993). However, in this study of teasing during student-run group work, teasing was shown to reach far beyond mere cultural reproduction of gender differences. Not only did teasing sometimes seem to contribute to tearing down traditional gender roles, but it was also employed for many other practical purposes. The study adopts a dialogical perspective on gender socialization to illustrate the fine details of how boys and girls orient to gender in teasing practices. However, quantitative analyses also show that gender is oriented to on an aggregate level: cross-gender teasing is far more common than same-gender teasing. This finding supports van Dijk's (1999) hypothesis that gender is a systematic relevance category.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2002. Vol. 34, no 3, 311-338 p.
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-28512DOI: 10.1207/S15326950DP3403_4Local ID: 13662OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-28512DiVA: diva2:249322