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Chapter 9: Talking Power: Girls, Gender Enculturation and Discourse

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Talking Power: Girls, Gender Enculturation and Discourse
Talking power: Girls, gender enculturation and discourse
AmySheldon

Children's worlds are arenas in which power, privilege and access are created, sought after, won and lost. Language is a major resource which allows children to make their way through the world. Language is also a powerful medium for teaching cultural novices, such as children, the community's tacit and dominant (that is, hegemonic) prescriptions for constructing gender (see Connell, 1987: 183ff for a discussion of gender hegemony). One of the major contributions of research on children's language is that it reveals how competent preschool children are with language, correctly encoding not only linguistic features, but also pragmatic and social features. Young children have a working knowledge of appropriateness, that is, of how ...

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