Lucy Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
“Dolls or teddies?”: constructing lesbian identity through community-specific practice.
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.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Jan 1, 2014|
|Journal||Journal of Language and Sexuality|
|Publisher||John Benjamins Publishing|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Jones, L. (2014). “Dolls or teddies?”: constructing lesbian identity through community-specific practice. Journal of Language and Sexuality, 3(2), doi:10.1075/jls.3.2.01jon|
|Keywords||identity, lesbian discourse, sociocultural linguistics, community of practice, gay community, gender binary, persona|
|Copyright Statement||Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf|
|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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