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Gender in Applied Communication Contexts

Gender in Applied Communication Contexts

Edited by:
  • Patrice M. Buzzanell - Department of Communication, University of South Florida, USA, University of South Florida, USA
  • Helen Sterk - Western Kentucky University, USA, Calvin College, USA
  • Lynn H. Turner - Marquette University, USA

November 2003 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Gender in Applied Communication Contexts explores the intersection and integration of feminist theory as applied to four important areas: organizational communication, health communication, family communication, and instructional communication. This collection of readings links theoretical insights and contributions to pragmatic ways of improving the lives of women and men in a variety of professional and personal situations.

Features of this text include:

- Extensive use of narrative. The situations the authors describe in these chapters are those confronted by students, scholars, and family members and friends in daily life: telecommuting, work/life balance, sexual harassment, cancer, disability, AIDS, verbal and nonverbal communication applications in learning.

- Applied communication approach: The text applies feminist theory to analysis and construction of realistic interventions for achieving greater workplace equity, enhanced health outcomes for women, and more inclusive and thought-provoking classroom (and training workshop) practices.

- Strong framing pedagogy. In each Part introduction, top scholars in that area discuss what is theoretically and pragmatically significant about the Part and how the ideas in the chapters might be extended.

- Original, cutting-edge academic work. All of the chapters in this text are original theoretical contributions that have not been published elsewhere, giving students access to the most contemporary thinking and research in the field.

While this text spans the diverse landscape of communication contexts, the central theme of feminist theory praxis makes it appropriate for a number of different courses. Gender in Applied Communication Contexts is recommended for upper-division and graduate-level courses in gender and communication, feminist theory, organizational communication, health communication, instructional communication, and applied communication. This anthology is also recommended as a research resource for scholars in Women's Studies, Family Studies, and Business and Management.

William F. Eadie
Patrice M. Buzzanell, Helen Sterk, and Lynn H. Turner
Introduction: Challenging Commonsense
Part I: Organizing Gender
Marcy Meyer and Laura Shue O'Hara
Ch 1. When They Know Who We Are: The National Women's Music Festival Comes to Ball State University!
Patrice M. Buzzanell
Ch 2. Revisiting Sexual Harassment in Academe: Using Feminist Ethical and Sensemaking Approaches for Analyzing Macrodiscourses and Micropractices of Sexual Harassment.
Annika Hylmö
Ch 3. Women, Men, and Changing Organizations: An Organizational Culture Examination of Gendered Experiences of Telecommuting.
Connie Bullis
Ch 4. Commentary: Feminist Scholarship
Part II: Gendering Health
Laura L. Ellingson
Ch 5. Women Cancer Survivors: Making Meaning of Chronic Illness, Disability, and Alternative Medical Practices.
Kelly Quintanilla, Nada Frazier Cano, and Diana K. Ivy
Ch 6. The Defining of Menopause
Patty Sotirin
Ch 7. Consuming Breasts: Our Breasts, Our Selves
Maria Brann and Marifran Mattson
Ch. 8. Reframing Communication During Gynecological Exams: A Feminist Virtue Ethic of Care Perspective.
Gary L. Kreps
Ch 9. Commentary: Communication and Women's Health
Part III: Constructing Pedagogy
Patrice M. Buzzanell
Ch. 10 Metaphor in the Classroom: Reframing Traditional and Alternative Uses of Language for Feminist Transformation.
Marcy Meyer
Ch 11. From Transgression to Transformation: Negotiating the Opportunities and Tensions of Engaged Pedagogy in the Feminist Organizational Communication Classroom
Terri L. Russ
Ch 12. Body Shape(ing) Discourse: Bakhtinian Intertextuality as a Tool for Studying Discourse And Relationships.
Marjorie A. Jaasma
Ch 13. Aggression in Intercultural Encounters: Reports by Male and Female Youth in an Ethnically Diverse School District.
Rich West
Ch 14. Commentary: Feminist Classrooms
Part IV: Empowering Family
Paige Edley
Ch 15. Entrepreneurial Mothers' Balance of Work and Family: Discursive Constructions of Time, Mothering, and Identity.
Barbara A. Penington and Lynn H. Turner
Ch 16 Playground or Training Ground?: The Function of Talk in African American and European American Mother-Adolescent Daughter Dyads.
Jenn Fink and Charles Tucker
Ch 17 Masculinities and Violence Among Intimates: Stories About Male Abusers and Intervention Strategies.
Kathleen Galvin
Ch 18 Commentary: The Pastiche of Gender and Family Communication
About the Editors
About the Contributors

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Patrice M Buzzanell

Patrice M. Buzzanell (Ph.D., Purdue University) returned to her alma mater as a professor in the Department of Communication at Purdue University where she earned her Ph.D. in organizational communication. Her research interests center on feminist organizational communication theorizing and the construction of gendered workplace identities, interactions, and structures, particularly as they relate to career processes and outcomes. She has published in Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and other communication journals and edited books. For her edited book, Rethinking... More About Author

Helen M. Sterk

Helen Sterk (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Director of the Gender Studies Minor at Calvin College. She was appointed to Calvin College's William Spoelhof Teacher Scholar Chair in 1997. Dr. Sterk has written widely on rhetoric, feminism, gender, and popular culture and has co-authored or co-edited several books, including her most recent collaboration, Who's Having This Baby? Perspectives on Birthing (Michigan State University Press, 2002), as well as Differences That Make a Difference (edited with Lynn Turner; Bergin & Garvey, 1994) and Constructing and Reconstructing Gender ... More About Author

Lynn H. Turner

Lynn H. Turner (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is Professor of Communication Studies in the College of Communication at Marquette University. Her research areas of interest include interpersonal, gendered, and family communication.  She is the co-author or co-editor of over 10 books as well as several articles and book chapters (many with Rich West). Lynn has served in a number of different positions: Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Communication at Marquette University; President of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG), President of Central States Communication Association ... More About Author

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