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    Narratives of sex-segregated professional identities

    McEntee-Atalianis, Lisa and Litosseliti, L. (2017) Narratives of sex-segregated professional identities. Narrative Inquiry 27 (1), pp. 1-23. ISSN 1387-6740.

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    Building on recent investigations of the role of gendered discourses in constructing and maintaining sex-segregated professions this article highlights the significance of small story analysis for the identification of positioning acts which function as rhetorical warrants for career choices and trajectories. It analyses small stories told by Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) and investigates the tensions expressed in the negotiation and performance of their gendered professional identities. Small stories act as a medium of professional identity construction, rapport-building and as a site of contestation, employed to (re)appraise the social order, particularly with respect to 'women's' and 'men's' work. Gendered discourses are shown to impact not only on the amount of men entering the SLT profession but also the specialisms and progression routes that men and women pursue. The analysis points to the reproductive and regulatory power of gendered discourses on individuals' experience of their gendered subjectivity and professional identity.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: (c) 2017 John Benjamins Publishing. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Gender identity, narratives, professional identity, sex-segregated professions, Speech and Language Therapy, small stories, small story analysis, stance
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication (to 2020)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 07:52
    Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 13:41


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