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“Dolls or teddies?”: constructing lesbian identity through community-specific practice.

Jones, Lucy

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Abstract

The concept of ‘community’ often presents a problem for queer linguists. ‘The gay community’ is often viewed as an impossible site for research due to its imagined status,
whilst local communities of gay people have been considered too heterogeneous and idiosyncratic to draw conclusions from. In this article, however, it is argued that both of these aspects of community can, and should, be a central focus of an investigation into language and sexual identity. Through the analysis of a conversation emerging from a lesbian group, using a sociocultural linguistics framework, it is argued here that the community of practice
approach can play a crucial role in understanding how ideologies from ‘the gay community’ are used to construct a coherent sexual identity on a local level. The analysis reveals how the group engages in practices that enable them to construct micro-level personas in direct response to broader, ideological structures of heteronormativity.

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Jones, L. (2014). “Dolls or teddies?”: constructing lesbian identity through community-specific practice. Journal of Language and Sexuality, 3(2), https://doi.org/10.1075/jls.3.2.01jon

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Sep 2, 2015
Publicly Available Date Sep 2, 2015
Journal Journal of Language and Sexuality
Print ISSN 2211-3770
Electronic ISSN 2211-3770
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 2
DOI https://doi.org/10.1075/jls.3.2.01jon
Keywords identity, lesbian discourse, sociocultural linguistics, community of practice, gay community, gender binary, persona
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/998963
Publisher URL https://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/jls.3.2.01jon/details
Additional Information © John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Jones, L. (2014) “Dolls or teddies?” Constructing lesbian identity through community-specific practice. Journal of Language and Sexuality, 3(2): 161-90. http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/jls.3.2.01jon
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