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The humorous stylization of "new" women and men and conservative others

Die humoristische Stilisierung von "neuen" Frauen und Männer und den konservativen Anderen
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Kotthoff, Helga

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Abstract In this article I will discuss how a circle of middle-aged academics recreates its moral order of new gender standards by a consonant staging of the "others" and the "self" – "them" vs. "us". The progressive self as well as the conservative other with whom the self is confronted are exaggeratedly stylized in a similarly disjunctive way over the course of various stories. Hyper-stylization sharpens a juxtaposition of social types which is humorously overdrawn. The comical performance becomes a factor of amusement for the group.
Keywords social construction; gender; academic; humor; joke; morality; attitude; conservatism; self-image; stereotype; group; stereotype
Classification Social Psychology; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Method empirical; qualitative empirical; theory application
Collection Title Style and social identities : alternative approaches to linguistic heterogeneity
Editor Auer, Peter
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Publisher de Gruyter
City Berlin; New York
Page/Pages p. 445-475
Series Language, power and social process, 18
ISBN 978-3-11-019080-9
Status Postprint; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works