Gender, language and floor apportionment in political debates

Shaw, S. 2000. Gender, language and floor apportionment in political debates. Discourse and Society. 11 (3), pp. 401-418. doi:10.1177/0957926500011003006

Title Gender, language and floor apportionment in political debates
AuthorsShaw, S.
Abstract

Political debates are speech events which foreground issues of power and the `floor', and allow the opportunity of assessing the ways in which the gender of participants affects their construction as more or less powerful participants in debates. Debates in the British House of Commons are adversarial in style, making it appropriate to view the floor as `the site of a contest where there is a winner and a loser'. Previous research into political debates has found that male participants violate the formal rules in debates more than their female counterparts, in order to gain the floor. Although the canonical form and rules of debates exist to `permit the equalization of turns', rule violations are common, and inequalities between participants exist. In this article legal and illegal interventions are evaluated in five debates in order to establish the extent to which the gender of participants is related to the control that an individual has over the debate floor.

JournalDiscourse and Society
Journal citation11 (3), pp. 401-418
ISSN0957-9265
Year2000
PublisherSage
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/0957926500011003006
Publication dates
Published2000

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